The NBA games betting odds favor the Indiana Pacers by 1½-points against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Paul George- Victor Oladipo’s trade-off face-off will be just the second time the Thunder will be an underdog this season. And the first since upsetting the Golden State Warriors on November 22nd. This may be an indication that people betting on NBA games are starting to lose faith on the Thunder’s once promising Big Three. Time to wake up and smell the coffee. One Carmelo Anthony and one Paul George do not a Kevin Durant make. You’ve gotta give’em something to do, though. As a result, Oklahoma City is no longer the Russell Westbrook show.
The Paul George- Victor Oladipo’s trade-off face-off
- Date: Wednesday, December 13th.
- Time: 7:10 PM
- Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Thunder +1½ (-110) 211½ (-110) +105
Pacers -1½ (-110) 211½ (-110) -125
Thunder doesn’t strike twice, or thrice, or more, with bettors
Westbrook wants you to put their 12-14 record in perspective. “Twenty-six games,” he said. “Eighty-two-game season.” Meanwhile, the Thunder’s offense is ranking in the bottom half of the league. That is mostly due to scoring just 91.7 points per 100 possessions when Westbrook rests. This is, mind you, nothing new. Oklahoma City had the league’s second-worst offense with Westbrook on the bench last season. It’s also why George and Anthony were brought into the fold in the first place. And all the while Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter are having marquee seasons with their new teams.
The Thunder has gone 5-4 in their last nine games. However, the only thing worse than their SU record is their ATS one. OKC is currently mired in a nine-game stretch in which they have not been able to cover once. Additionally, the Thunder is 0-9 ATS in their last nine road games, 0-4 ATS in their last four games playing a team with a winning record, and 1-11 against the NBA games betting odds spread in their last 12 overall.
The Pacers make bettors money and themselves too
Fans will be hanging from the rafters Bankers Life Fieldhouse just to catch a glimpse of former Pacer Paul George. Or so Indiana expects and hopes. Everybody and their uncle thought the Pacers had gotten the short end of the stick in the Paul George trade. Sports Illustrated for instance gave the Thunder an “A” and Indiana a “D” for the deal. More proof that the Astros prediction was a fluke. As it turns out, Oladipo averaged 30.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 4.0 turnovers in 37.4 minutes per game in four games last week. Resultantly, he rightfully earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors. And that’s just a recent example of his improved gameplay since joining the Pacers. A lot of people will come to see George, but just as many will be there for Oladipo.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Top 6 best-selling NBA jerseys this week:
1. Steph Curry
2. LeBron James
3. Kevin Durant
4. Russell Westbrook
5. Isaiah Thomas
6. Victor Oladipo#Pacers
— Dave Furst (@DaveFurst) December 12, 2017
The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing a team with a losing record, and 24-8 against the NBA games betting odds spread in their last 32 games on two days’ rest.