Date & Time: Friday, January 22, 10:30 PM
Venue: Oracle Arena (Oakland, California)
Head to head record
Indiana Pacers vs Golden State Warriors 123-131 (2015/2016 NBA)
Indiana Pacers vs Golden State Warriors 104-98 (2014/2015 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Indiana Pacers 117-102 (2014/2015 NBA)
Indiana Pacers vs Golden State Warriors 96-98 (2013/2014 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Indiana Pacers 94-102 (2013/2014 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Indiana Pacers prediction
Buoyed by back to back wins over Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors head into the match against Indiana Pacers brimming with confidence, whereas their opponents await Friday’s game at Oracle Arena in good spirits as well following a hard-fought 97-94 win at Phoenix Suns.
Can anyone stop “The Golden Boy”?
Golden State Warriors produced their best performance of the season in a 132-98 victory at Cleveland Cavaliers. Warriors did remarkably well to stop LeBron James, who scored no more than 16 points in the Quicken Loans Arena clash, with Stephen Curry once again proving his worth in a big game. “The Golden Boy” scored 35 points against Cavs, spending no more than 28 minutes on the court and he produced yet another splendid display in a 125-94 victory over Chicago Bulls (25 points) on Wednesday evening. Curry has been averaging 28.1 points in January and no doubt Indiana Pacers will find it hard to contain the last season’s MVP. Golden State have been impressive at home ground in the 2015/2016 NBA season and you should know that they will be looking to keep their 100% record (19-0) intact when they take on Pacers on Friday evening. In their previous home game the defending champions recorded a routine 116-98 win over Los Angeles Lakers.
Coach Steve Carr has no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of Indiana Pacers. It has to be noted that all 13 players entered the court in the victory over Chicago Bulls.
Blowing hot and cold
Indiana Pacers are on the right track to cement their place in the Eastern Conference play-offs. Frank Vogel’s men sit in fifth place in their conference, but the team’s recent form is anything but impressive. Pacers have recorded only one win in previous four games, but a 97-94 victory at Phoenix Suns certainly helped the team regain much-needed confidence. Indiana face Golden State Warriors on Friday night and all eyes will be on key player Paul George when the two teams take on each other at Oracle Arena. George has been averaging 22 points in January and you should bear in mind that he scored 33 points in the 131-123 loss to Warriors earlier this season. Indiana are not regarded as good travelers and taking into account the fact that they have already suffered 13 defeats on the road, the visitors are not going to consider the trip to Oakland appealing.
Rodney Stuckey misses the game with an ankle with injury. George Hill did not travel to Phoenix due to personal issues, but he should return to the squad. Ian Mahinmi has overcome his injury.
- Golden State Warriors are averaging 114.6 points this season
- Warriors are after their 20th consecutive home win in NBA
- Steve Kerr’s men scored 257 points in total in previous two games
- Indiana Pacers conceded 103+ points in three of their previous four away matches
- Pacers are averaging 102.5 points this season
Golden State Warriors vs Indiana Pacers betting pick
Golden State seem to be at the top of their game and they will be looking to cement the top position in the Western Conference with a victory over Indiana Pacers. Frank Vogel’s men struggle on the travels and seeing that coach has been having some injury worries of late, I believe that there is a big value in betting on the title holders. In their last meeting at Oracle Arena Golden State Warriors recorded a 117-102 win over Indiana Pacers, with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scoring 61 points between them for the hosts.
Pick: Golden State -12