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Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers Pick & Prediction MAR 4TH 2021
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Denver vs. Indiana Recap MAR 4TH 2021
Bojan Bogdanovic exploded for 35 points while teammates Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis recorded double-doubles Sunday as the host Indiana Pacers avenged a loss to the Denver Nuggets last week with a 124-88 romp in a duel of teams battling for NBA playoff positioning.
The win allowed the Pacers (45-29), coming off a four-game road losing streak that included a 102-100 defeat in Denver on March 16, to solidify their standing as the No. 4 team in the Eastern Conference with just eight games remaining.
Indiana still has two games on the schedule against current No. 5 seed Boston, one at each site.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets (49-23) failed in their quest to win a 50th game as they challenge Golden State for the top spot in the West.
Those two teams meet one final time in the regular season at Golden State on April 2.
As opposed to the previous meeting, which was tied until the Nuggets' Paul Millsap made a layup with seven seconds remaining, the Pacers took charge of the rematch early, expanding a 27-23 lead after one quarter to as many as 17 points in the second period.
The second half was never close.
Bogdanovic shot 13 for 16 overall and 5 for 6 on 3-pointers en route to the third-most points of his career and the second-most this season. He had 37 against Minnesota last month.
Turner finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Sabonis collected 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds as the Pacers allowed their second-fewest points this season.
They held Memphis to 83 on opening night.
It was the 27th time this season Indiana held its opponent under 100 points, the seven time under 90. The Pacers are 7-0 in the latter games.
Aaron Holiday and Tyreke Evans added 11 points apiece for Indiana, which shot 56 percent overall and 44.4 percent on 3-pointers.
Nikola Jokic flirted with a triple-double in his 30 minutes with 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Denver. He also had four blocks.
Will Barton (15 points), Monte Morris (12) and Gary Harris (11) also scored in double figures for the Nuggets, who were limited to 35.5 percent shooting overall and connected on just seven of their 29 3-pointers.
The 88-point total was Denver's fifth-lowest of the season, while the 36-point margin of defeat was its largest, surpassing the 31-point thumping the Nuggets took against Golden State in January.
--Field Level Media
The Indiana Pacers began the season strong, but that 8-4 record seems long ago. A 114-111 win at Cleveland on Wednesday ended a four-game skid and stopped a string of nine losses in 12 games.
Things don't get any easier for the Pacers, who host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. Denver has won three straight, including a blowout victory at Milwaukee on Tuesday night that put Nikola Jokic in rare company.
Indiana's slide has hasn't changed the attitude or approach of first-year coach Nate Bjorkgren. He has been patient and tough with his new team as it works through this rough patch.
"There's nothing that I stay away from," Bjorkgren said, according to the Indianapolis Star. "You have to be very truthful. You have to speak the truth to the players on exactly what you see and how you feel and how they need to get better and things they're doing well.
"You don't want to hide anything. Players want to be coached, especially good players. They want to be challenged, so there's nothing that I sidestep. ... I go right at them on a number of things."
Other than a 20-point loss at Milwaukee and a 16-point defeat at Philadelphia, the Pacers have been in every game. They're getting production from key starters, and they have adjusted to the in-season trade that sent Victor Oladipo to Houston.
Malcolm Brogdon scored a team-high 29 against the Cavaliers, hitting 12 of 15 shots from the floor, while Domantas Sabonis added 18 points, six assists and five rebounds.
A win over the Nuggets would give the Pacers some momentum going into the All-Star break, but to get they that they will have to slow down Jokic. In the current three-game win streak -- all on the road -- he has two triple-doubles and missed another by one assist.
He hit a milestone Tuesday with his 37 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, joining Wilt Chamberlain as the only two centers to record 50 career triple-doubles. And if a couple of bounces went his way, he could be a lot closer to Chamberlain's 78 career triple-doubles.
"Nikola has 50 career triple-doubles, but he also has 20 games (in his career) where he missed a triple-double by either one rebound or one assist," Denver coach Michael Malone said after the Nuggets' 128-97 rout of the Bucks. "It just speaks to his greatness. The guy doesn't get fatigued, he doesn't get tired."
The Nuggets have leaned on their All-Star center because of the rash of injuries they have sustained. Two starters -- Paul Millsap (knee) and Gary Harris (thigh) -- have been out an extended time. Millsap's backup, JaMychal Green (shoulder), is also out, and Facundo Campazzo and R.J. Hampton missed the past two games due to health and safety protocols.
Malone has been forced to employ unusual lineups, starting rookie Zeke Nnaji once and utilizing Vlatko Cancar, who has played in only 19 of Denver's 35 games.
Jokic is the only Denver player to play in all 35, and his 27.3 points, 11 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game have put him in the Most Valuable Player conversation.
--Field Level Media
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MONEY LINE ACTION
- Miami W 106 - 123
- @Golden State L 107 - 116
- Boston L 105 - 87
- San Antonio W 119 - 121
- San Antonio W 96 - 106
- Detroit W 119 - 134
- Orlando W 109 - 119
- @L.A. Clippers W 101 - 94
- Philadelphia W 95 - 104
- Atlanta W 102 - 126
- @Houston W 132 - 124
- L.A. Clippers L 126 - 115
- @Memphis W 132 - 125
- @Orlando W 111 - 106
- Minnesota W 137 - 141
- Chicago L 113 - 97
- @San Antonio W 139 - 133
- Charlotte L 114 - 97
- Miami L 92 - 87
- @Washington L 124 - 132
- @Houston(03-28-19) L 85 - 112
- Memphis(12-10-18) W 99 - 105
- @Portland(05-09-19) L 108 - 119
- @Utah(11-26-18) W 121 - 88
- @Atlanta(02-13-21) W 125 - 113
- San Antonio(02-22-21) D 0 - 0
- Oklahoma City(03-14-19) W 106 - 108
- Pacers @ Nuggets 106-121
- Nuggets @ Pacers 113-103
- Nuggets @ Pacers 88-124
- Pacers @ Nuggets 100-102
- Pacers @ Nuggets 104-107
- Nuggets @ Pacers 116-126
- Nuggets @ Pacers 125-117
- Pacers @ Nuggets 112-140
- Nuggets @ Pacers 105-109
- Pacers @ Nuggets 126-129
|New York Knicks||29||27||.518||17-10||12-17||105.6||104.3||L2||5-0-5|
|Portland Trail Blazers||31||23||.574||16-12||15-11||114.7||114.9||L2||5-0-5|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||20||35||.364||9-20||11-15||105.3||114.3||L8||1-0-9|
|Los Angeles Clippers||39||18||.684||22-8||17-10||115.0||108.2||L2||8-0-2|
|Los Angeles Lakers||34||21||.618||16-11||18-10||109.8||105.6||L1||6-0-4|
|Golden State Warriors||27||28||.491||17-10||10-18||112.9||113.7||L1||5-0-5|
|San Antonio Spurs||26||27||.491||12-17||14-10||110.7||112.0||L1||3-0-7|
|New Orleans Pelicans||25||30||.455||16-14||9-16||114.5||114.9||L1||5-0-5|
- KneeQues Wed | questionable
Oladipo has missed the previous two games with a right knee injury, and it is unclear if he will partake in Wednesday's matchup versus the Nuggets.
- AnkleOut Wed | out
McDermott exited the previous game with a left ankle sprain, and he will not be in the lineup for Wednesday's contest versus the Rockets.
- AnkleOut Wed | out
Turner has missed the last four games with a left ankle sprain, and he will not be active versus the Rockets on Wednesday.
- HipProb Fri | probable
Brogdon has missed the last four games due to right hip soreness, but it is anticipated that he will partake in Friday's match versus the Magic.
- AnkleProb Fri | probable
Sabonis has missed the last three games with a left ankle sprain, but he is likely to suit up Friday versus the Magic.
- ToeQues Wed | questionable
Lamb has missed the previous four games due to a right toe sprain, and it is unknown if he will take the court Wednesday versus the Timberwolves.
- QuadricepProb Fri | probable
Sabonis is dealing with a left quad contusion, but it is projected that he will lace up on Friday against the Hornets.
- AcquiredProb Thurs | probable
Oladipo has missed the last two contests due to an illness, but it is projected that he will be available for Thursday's battle with the Warriors.
- Kneeout for season | out
Murray suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, and he will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
- KneeProb Mon | probable
Murray has missed the previous four games with a knee injury, but it is likely that he will suit up versus the Warriors on Monday.
- RestOut Mon | out
Harris will not be available for Monday's clash with the Spurs as he will be given a day of rest.
- ThighLate April | out
Harris is out of the lineup with a left thigh injury, and he is expected to be out of commission until the latter part of April.
- KneeQues Wed | questionable
Murray sat out the previous game due to right knee soreness, and it has yet to be established if he will be available versus the Spurs on Wednesday.
- RestOut Wed | out
Millsap will not be in the lineup Wednesday versus the Spurs, as he will be given a day of rest.
- QuadricepProb Sun | probable
Morris has been sidelined with a left quadricep strain, but he is expected to suit up against the Magic on Sunday.
- TrendUnder is 21-6 in Pacers last 27 games as a favorite of 11.0 or greater.Hit %77.80% (27)O/U6|21Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 4-1 in Pacers last 5 games as a favorite.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U4|1Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 4-1 in Pacers last 5 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U1|4Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 5-1 in Pacers last 6 games as a home underdog.Hit %83.30% (6)O/U1|5Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 9-4-1 in Nuggets last 14 games as a favorite of 11.0 or greater.Hit %69.20% (14)O/U6|21Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 34-16-1 in Nuggets last 51 games as a favorite.Hit %68.00% (51)O/U4|1Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 36-17-1 in Nuggets last 54 games as a road favorite of 0.5-4.5.Hit %67.90% (54)O/U36|17Push1W/L
- TrendOver is 5-1 in Nuggets last 6 games as a road underdog of 11.0 or greater.Hit %83.30% (6)O/U5|1Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings.Hit %71.40% (28)O/U20|8Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Indiana.Hit %100.00% (5)O/U5|0Push0W/L
- TrendNuggets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.Hit %16.70% (6)O/UPush0W/L1|5
- TrendNuggets are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Indiana.Hit %68.80% (16)O/UPush0W/L11|5