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Clippers vs. Pacers prediction, odds, line: 2022 NBA picks, Dec. 31 best bets from proven computer model

The Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers square off for the final time this season on Saturday afternoon. The Clippers visit Gainbridge Fieldhouse for the matchup, and L.A. is 10-9 on the road and 21-16 overall. The Pacers have won four of the last five games, improving to 19-17 overall and 11-7 at home. Reggie Jackson (achilles) and Nic Batum (ankle) are questionable for the Clippers. Daniel Theis (knee) and Kendall Brown (tibia) are out for the Pacers.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Los Angeles as the 3-point road favorite for this 3 p.m. ET kickoff. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over/under, is 231 in the latest Clippers vs. Pacers odds. Before making any Pacers vs. Clippers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past four-plus seasons. The model enters Week 11 of the 2022-23 NBA season on a stunning 33-13 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning almost $1,800. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Clippers vs. Pacers and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Pacers vs. Clippers:

  • Clippers vs. Pacers spread: Clippers -3
  • Clippers vs. Pacers over/under: 231 points
  • Clippers vs. Pacers money line: Clippers -165, Pacers +140
  • LAC.: The Clippers are 11-8 against the spread in road games
  • IND: The Pacers are 11-7 against the spread in home games
  • Clippers vs. Pacers picks: See picks at SportsLine

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Why the Clippers can cover

The Clippers are electric on defense this season. L.A. is in the top five of the NBA in defensive efficiency, giving up only 109.5 points per 100 possessions. The Clippers are in the top four of the league in field goal percentage allowed (45.5%) and 3-point percentage allowed (33.9%), with opponents also shooting only 52.7% on 2-point attempts. 

L.A. is fantastic in preventing free throw attempts, allowing only 21.6 per game, and the Clippers are firmly in the top 10 of the league in defensive rebound rate (73.2%) and assists allowed (24.2 per game). On offense, the Clippers are strong from 3-point range, making 37.2% of attempts and making 12.6 3-pointers per game. L.A. should also take advantage of Indiana’s issues on the glass, with the Pacers ranking dead-last in the league with a 69.0% defensive rebound rate.

Why the Pacers can cover

Indiana has a very strong offense, and the Pacers also have defensive strengths to lean on in this matchup. The Pacers allow opponents to shoot only 52.9% from 2-point range, and Indiana is in the top eight of the NBA in turnovers created (15.8 per game), steals (7.8 per game) and blocked shots (5.9 per game). The Clippers are in the bottom five of the NBA in offensive rating, and L.A. is in the bottom quartile of the league in turnovers and assists. 

On offense, Indiana leads the league in fast break points (18.4 per game) with top-eight marks in assists (26.9 per game) and 3-point percentage (37.3%). Tyrese Haliburton leads the league with 10.2 assists per game, and he is averaging 28.0 points on 53.8% shooting in the last five games.

How to make Pacers vs. Clippers picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 237 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50% of simulations. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Clippers vs. Pacers? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.

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