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Pacers vs. Nets: Preview, Predictions and Betting Picks

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Pacers vs Nets 2021-22 NBA Season Preview, Predictions and Picks
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On Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, the Indiana Pacers (1-4) are playing the Brooklyn Nets (2-3) at Barclays Center. Thus far, the Pacers are 1-4 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA regular season, whereas the Nets are 2-3 against the spread. BetOnline odds are featured below.

Game Information

Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Barclays Center; Brooklyn, New York

TV channels: Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports Midwest, Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass, YES Network

Radio broadcast: WFAN-AM/FM, WFNI-FM/AM

Live stream: AT&T TV (full refund is issued after canceling within 14 days), Amazon Prime Video (30-day free trial)

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Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets news

According to Land of Basketball statistics, these teams have played a total of 185 games in the regular season against one another. The Pacers have won 108 games in their franchise history versus the Nets. However, in the previous three games played head-to-head, Brooklyn is 3-0 versus Indiana. On Apr. 29, 2021, the last time these teams faced off in the regular season, the Nets won 130-113.

Furthermore, five games into the 2021-22 NBA season, rookie Chris Duarte is meeting expectations. For some, he is surpassing the mark all across the board. For his rookie ranks, the guard ranks number one in points per game (18.6) and minutes played per game (37). And, he ranks fourth in rebounds per game (4.6) and seventh for assists per game (1.8).

Injury Report

For the Pacers, small forward T.J. Warren and power forward Isiah Jackson are out indefinitely. While shooting guard Caris LeVert is listed as questionable, both point guard Malcolm Brogdon and small forward Kelan Martin were downgraded to out for tonight’s game. Brogdon and Martin are still recovering from hamstring injuries.

On the flip side, for the Nets, center Nicolas Claxton is listed as questionable to play versus Indiana. To add to the list, point guard Kyrie Irving will remain out indefinitely until he receives his COVID-19 vaccination shots. Brooklyn is mostly healthy. So, what’s the problem? Maybe they’re just off to a slow start. The Lakers had the same problem last season, and they’re in the same boat right now, too.

Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets betting lines

Pacers vs Nets 2021-22 NBA Season Preview, Predictions and Picks

Over/Under: 222

Point spread: Nets -8.5 (-110)

Best moneyline: Pacers +310, Nets -380

Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets preview

Moreover, on Wednesday, in the Pacers’ 118-100 road loss to the Raptors, guard Malcolm Brogdon led his team in scoring, putting up 18 points in 22 minutes played. Rookie guard Chris Duarte also ended his performance with 14 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 32 minutes spent on the court. All around, the Pacers are disappointing many fans. But, there is plenty of basketball still left to be played.

Based on the team statistics, Indiana shot 38-for-79 (48.1%) from the field and 10-for-29 (34.5%) from three-point range. Not only did the Pacers lose the turnover battle 22 to 10, they were outscored 58 to 40 in the paint. Head coach Rick Carlisle has his hands full right now. They are struggling especially on defense. The front office could be looking at another below-.500 season. Now, they are 0-3 away this season.

Meanwhile, in the Nets’ 106-93 home loss versus the Heat on Wednesday, power forward Kevin Durant finished with a team-high 25 points and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Durant seems to be the only player in Brooklyn wanting to perform at a high level. Plus, Joe Harris accumulated 15 points and 3.0 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court.

Although the Nets are off to a shaky start without Kyrie Irving, at least they have two wins. The team shot 33-for-85 (33.8%) from the floor and 14-for-43 (32.6%) from behind the arc. Not to mention, the Nets were out-rebounded 62 to 42. After this loss, the Nets are 1-2 at home.

Next, the Pacers’ projected starting lineup is PG Brad Wanamaker, SG Chris Duarte, SF Justin Holiday, PF Domantas Sabonis and C Myles Turner. The Nets’ projected starting lineup is PG James Harden, SG Joe Harris, SF Bruce Brown, PF Kevin Durant and C Blake Griffin.

Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets prediction

Additionally, the total for tonight’s Eastern Conference matchup is set at 222. After evaluating the spread consensus, approximately 54% of bettors believe the Pacers will cover the spread. Regarding the total consensus, 68% of gamblers are expecting the total to go over 222. Till now, Indiana is 0-2 as a selected favorite and 1-2 as an underdog, while Brooklyn is 2-2 as a favorite and 0-1 as an underdog. People are tired of picking the Nets, and then watching them lose. But, they are favorites once again.

For betting trends, Indiana is 1-5 ATS in the team’s last six games. The total has gone over in eight of their past 10 contests. To add to these betting statistics, they are 1-4 straight up in their previous five games played against Brooklyn. And, the total has gone over in five of their last five road games. They are also 1-5 SU in their past six contests played against Eastern Conference opponents.

Besides the Pacers’ issues, the Nets are 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games played. Also, the total has gone under in five of the team’s last five games. And, they are 10-3 ATS in their past 13 contests played at Barclays Center. Though, they are 1-6 ATS in their previous seven games played versus Indiana. Lastly, Brooklyn is 4-2 SU in the team’s past six contests played on a Friday.

Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets betting pick

Pick the Nets to win at home, the Pacers will cover the spread and the total will go over 222. Brooklyn is a 8.5-point favorite with BetOnline.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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