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Pacers-Magic Game 3 NBA Playoffs Spread
Carrie Stroup here with your Pacers-Magic Game 3 NBA Playoffs spread. Find all the latest lines at Sportsbook here, offering up to $250 in FREE CASH.
Sportsbook.com Line & Total: Indiana -3 & 183.5
Opening Line & Total: Pacers -3.5 & 183
After tying up this series with a convincing win on Monday, Indiana tries to get a leg up on Wednesday night when the series shifts to Orlando.
After winning Game 1 and leading by two points at halftime of Game 2, the Magic imploded in the third quarter, getting outscored 30-13 in an eventual 93-78 loss. The scary thing for Orlando is that the Pacers won by 15 points despite making just 2-of-20 three-pointers. They won with a total team effort, as four Indiana starters scored 17+ points and the fifth starter, C Roy Hibbert, pulled down 13 rebounds in his 23 minutes of action. The Magic shot terribly from the field (35.5%) and were outscored 50-28 in the paint. Indiana is 19-14 SU (17-16 ATS) on the road this year, including 9-5 SU (6-8 ATS) as a road favorite. The Pacers have won their past five road games outright, and they've shot it surprisingly well away from home all season (38.7% from three, third-best in the NBA).
PF David West has been the MVP of the series so far with 18.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG and 3.0 APG in the two games. West’s scoring has helped make up for SF Danny Granger’s shooting woes (34% FG, 3-of-14 threes). However, Granger does have 17.5 PPG and 7.5 RPG in the two games. Although C Roy Hibbert has scored a total of 12 points on 5-of-16 FG in the series, he has 13.0 RPG and 5.5 BPG. Indiana has not been doing a great job of distributing the basketball with 26 assists and 25 turnovers through two games, but the starting backcourt of George Hill and Paul George combined for 35 points (13-of-20 FG), 12 rebounds and a +40 rating in Monday’s victory.
The Magic were 21-12 SU (17-16 ATS) at home this season, including 3-3 (SU and ATS) as an underdog. If Orlando has any shot to win this series, second-leading scorer PF Ryan Anderson has to step up his game in a big way. In the two games, Anderson has just 8.0 PPG on 31% FG. SF Hedo Turkoglu has also shot terribly in the two games (7-for-21 FG). Although PF Glen Davis has filled in for injured Dwight Howard nicely with 17.0 PPG and 11.5 RPG in two games, he made only 5-of-16 shots from the floor on Monday and posted a dreadful -30 rating. PG Jameer Nelson was great in Game 1 (17 points, nine assists), but scored just 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting with three assists in the Game 2 defeat. SG Jason Richardson also pulled a disappearing act on Monday (two points on 1-of-5 FG), which was surprising considering what he did in the series opener with 17 points on 5-of-8 threes. Orlando is 20-16 ATS with one day of rest this season.
- Carrie Stroup, Gambling911.com Senior Reporter
Submitted by Carrie Stroup on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 16:09