Indiana Pacers vs Golden State Warriors 1/20/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors Matchup Preview (1/20/22)
The atrocious, lottery-bound Indiana Pacers will limp to San Francisco in preparation to be slaughtered by the Golden State Warriors. This season, the Pacers have been arguably the most underachieving team in the NBA, especially considering how much talent is on that roster. Indiana continues to try and wait out rebuilding scenarios, but the writing is on the wall, and it is as clear as ever. It is reportedly attempting to move Myles Turner, who was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his foot, Domantas Sabonis, and Caris LeVert. The Pacers could get several first-round picks and a few high-ceiling, young players if they move all three of them, so look for that to happen. This team probably also knows what is coming, so the motivation should be low going into San Francisco to try and compete with the Warriors. Meanwhile, Golden State will be without Draymond Green still but will have all other key players available for this matchup. The Warriors are poised for another deep playoff run, and games like this reinforce their confidence heading into the second half of the NBA season.
Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds
The Golden State Warriors are substantial home favorites (-10.5) against the horrendous Indiana Pacers (+10.5.) Golden State will not quite be at full health as it will likely still be without Draymond Green, an integral part of its offense and defense. Green’s absence should not matter too much in this game, as Thompson, Poole, Wiggins, and Curry will have everything under control. The Warriors are 15-6-1 as home favorites, and with the return of Klay Thompson, it is hard to imagine the Pacers, who rank 23rd in opponent 3P% (three-point percentage), being able to keep up. Since the spread is in double-digits, I could see some bettors being scared off Golden State against the spread; however, I believe that is the only play that makes sense. Betting on a Pacers team whose roster could look completely different in a week or two is quite risky. I’ll take Golden State ATS.
In terms of the point total, I would lean towards the over, despite the fact that Golden State practically has been a lock for the under throughout this season. The reason I would lean that way is that the Pacers are in tank mode; they will not be playing much defense at all, but should still put points on the board because they have a lot of guys on the trading block that they want to display. This is a point total I would probably stay away from but to each their own.
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Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: Chase Center – San Francisco, CA
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Indiana Pacers Starting Lineup
Indiana Pacers Analysis
The Pacers organization surely knows what the correct move is, but it is to be seen whether or not they make that move. They need to rebuild in the worst way: clean house, stash picks, and get young, promising players with high ceilings. Indiana has lost its past four and ten of its past 11, which would essentially make it the worst team in the NBA at the moment. With players like Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, Caris LeVert, and Malcolm Brogdon, one would imagine that the Pacers would rank better than 27th in the NBA in 3P% (three-point percentage), 21st in defensive efficiency, 19th in opponent eFG% (effective field goal percentage), and 23rd in opponent 3P% (three-point percentage.)
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
We have seen Draymond Green’s effect on this Warriors squad, and the last thing they need is to rush Green back into the lineup before he is ready. Since Green has been out with his calf injury, the Warriors are merely 3-4 in their past seven games. If Green’s importance was not appreciated before, it should be now. Meanwhile, Steph Curry has struggled recently, averaging 18.1 points, 6.3 assists, and 5.7 rebounds on 35.8% from the field and 28.6% from three in his past seven games. Klay Thompson has also struggled with efficiency from the floor as he gets his NBA legs back. In short, the Warriors’ struggles are only temporary, and they should get back on track with this game against a bad Indiana Pacers squad.
Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors Daily Fantasy Picks
Caris LeVert is finally finding a groove within the Pacers’ offense, even though he will likely be traded before the end of the deadline. While LeVert has only averaged 18.1 points, 4.2 assists, and 3.5 rebounds on the season, he has stepped up significantly in his past nine games. LeVert has put up 23.9 points, 6.3 assists, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game during that span. The Pacers were undoubtedly going to ease LeVert back into his usual workload, and it looks like he is back to normal with those superb numbers. Those are the kinds of averages that can help you make All-Star teams and be a team’s primary or secondary option; however, the Pacers are an absolute mess right now and will likely be moving LeVert. In the meantime, plug LeVert into your lineups as the Pacers will want to show him off and get as much trade value as possible before the deadline.
Klay Thompson is officially back after nearly 1,000 days without being on an NBA floor due to two severe injuries. Since returning, Thompson has played in five games and has averaged 15.2 points, three rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. While these numbers won’t blow you away, his play indicates that he is close to being back to form. He’s only shooting 37.7% from the field and playing an average of 21 minutes per game, so when those both increase, he should be in line for a considerable jump in most key offensive statistical categories.