Good Evening HRWager fans as America’s best sportsbook brings you our free pick for the Pacers and the Spurs. Any other year, conversations would center on the stellar start by San Antonio. Second best in the west to those almost perfect Warriors, SA is undefeated at home this season. Indiana comes in with a new identity to meet an old friend Monday Night. An -8 1/2 point spread has held steady so far. Which way will the winds of profit blow to in this game?
NBA Free Pick : David West
First time the Pacers get to face him since he left to go to the Spurs. While losing him could not be called beneficial, it did help the franchise get out of a mode that was not producing results. Now they are uptempo and have a 16-10 record during the adjustment phase. Paul George has upped his point production and leadership skills for 2015. CJ Miles has found an identity and more of a role with this team. Pacers are one of the small surprises this year.
With Aldridge and West coming in, the Spurs slowed down even further. They have been defensively spot on for most of the season. Is it an antiquated approach like Memphis has found out? We shall see but it is physically harder on those teams. Leonard is finally coming into his own as the Big Three have seen their minutes cut to preserve them through the long regular season. This team is over five points better at defense than the next closest in the league.
Two types of teams can get to the Spurs during the regular season. Sharp shooters like the Warriors can expose them via spacing and open shooters. The other is in the mold of the Pacers. They remember how to bang from last year. Augmented by their uptemp approach, they can be difficult to predict on a play by play basis. Couple that with their ability to quickly convert turnovers and the Pacers are attractive. Take the road team plus the points this Monday. Good fortune and we will see you next time here at the HRW.