|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Pacers depart the Hoosier state and travel to the Prudential Center in Newark to match up against the New Jersey Nets tonight at 7:30ET.
All Indiana did before leaving Indy, was knock off King James and his court from Miami, with a very impressive 105-90 victory Monday night. Danny Granger posted 25 points and Darren Collison added 20. The Pacers made 10 three pointers and won the battle of the boards 49-33. James and Dwayne Wade scored 24 each, but the dynamic duo was nowhere to be found down the stretch. This, not being unusual for James, but a bit surprising that Wade joined the party.
At the same time, credit must be given to the hard working Indiana defense as having something to do with their disappearance. They forced the Heat into 17 turnovers. It was another balanced attack by the Pacers who had all five starters in double figures for the eighth time this year. They are 7-1 in those games.
This group of Pacers is well coached by Frank Vogel and a real sleeper to advance through the Eastern Conference playoffs. They are now 29-19 for the season and 14-12 on the road.
New Jersey has no such aspirations to advance in the playoffs. They sit mired at the bottom of the standings 9.5 games from a playoff spot with four teams in between. They have dropped six of their last seven entering tonights contest, including a loss to Utah 105-84 to the Jazz on Monday.
Celebrity wannabe, Kris Humphries was all of 0 for 6 from the field in that one and finished with 2 points, thats right, 2 for his efforts. Even Deron Williams, probably the only reason for Nets fans to come watch theses games, had a tough go of it, shooting 33 percent from the floor and finishing with 17 points. To make matters worse, center Brook Lopez is out with a sprained ankle and Jordan Farmar is not expected to return to action until April 5th.
It is no surprise from the sports betting sites that Indiana is a 6 point road favorite on a moneyline of $110/$100. Same moneyline applies to the over/under set at 195.