Free NBA Picks Today: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Indiana Pacers 1/18/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Indiana Pacers 1/18/23
Wed 18th January 2023

Expect an up-tempo game when the Indiana Pacers (23-22, 8-13 Away) head to face the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-23, 13-9 Home) on Wednesday. Indiana was defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks 132-119 at Fiserv Forum on Monday, their fourth straight loss.

Myles Turner was the scoring leader in the loss with 30 points. T.J. McConnell added 29 points, nine assists, five rebounds, and three steals. The Pacers are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Oklahoma City won their third in a row on Sunday at Barclays Center, beating the Brooklyn Nets 112-102. Josh Giddey had 28 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists, carrying the team. The Thunder are 12th in the Western Conference.

This is the first meeting of the season between the teams. Indiana and Oklahoma City split their matchups last season, each team taking one game. The Thunder came out on top in the last meeting 129-125 in overtime at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in February 2022.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 36 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks. Buddy Hield had 29 points and seven rebounds in the losing effort. Tyrese Haliburton (20.2 ppg), Hield (18.0), and Turner (17.4) are leading the Pacers in scoring this season.

Turner also has grabbed 7.9 rebounds per game, while Haliburton has dished 10.2 assists per game, most in the NBA. Gilgeous-Alexander (30.7 ppg) has been the primary provider for the Thunder on offense. He ranks as the fifth-highest scorer in the league. Giddey is collecting 8.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.

Expect plenty of transition action in this matchup that features two of the NBA’s most up-and-down teams, as the Thunder and the Pacers rank third and fifth, respectively, in possessions per game. The teams have split their last 10 games at Paycom Center (5-5). Indiana is looking to snap a four-game road losing streak this season.

Oklahoma City has won three in a row at home this season.In the last 10 games, Indiana is 5-5 with an average margin of -1.0 (119.3-120.3). Oklahoma City has gone 6-4 over the last 10, scoring 120.1 points per game on average while holding opponents to 113.6 (+6.5 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
T.J. McConnell: 26.4 | 13.8 | +12.6
Points per game:
Myles Turner: 29.5 | 17.4 | +12.1
Jalen Smith: 7.2 | 9.8 | -2.6
Rebounds per game:
Jalen Smith: 3.6 | 6.0 | -2.4
Assists per game:
T.J. McConnell: 6.8 | 4.6 | +2.2


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Darius Bazley: 15.0 | 10.6 | +4.4
Tre Mann: 7.4 | 12.5 | -5.1
Points per game:
Josh Giddey: 20.2 | 16.0 | +4.2
Tre Mann: 5.4 | 8.4 | -3.0
Rebounds per game:
Kenrich Williams: 6.0 | 4.8 | +1.3
Assists per game:
Josh Giddey: 7.6 | 5.7 | +1.9

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

OKC Thunder (-160)

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