The best game of Saturday Night in the NBA features the 33-8 Indiana Pacers visiting the 20-21 Denver Nuggets, at Pepsi Center at 9 PM ET.
The Nuggets lost on Thursday Night against the Portland Trail Blazers 110-105; they couldn’t take LaMarcus Aldridge down as he scored 44 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
“LaMarcus Aldridge, the buckets that he made, I can live with that,” said Denver coach Brian Shaw. “But some of the fouls that we committed to send him to the line without him having to really work for it, I thought is what hurt us, especially in the fourth quarter.”
The Pacers lost at Phoenix on Wednesday by 24 points; the Suns scored 124 on them, the most by any team this season. “We knew they were going to come out with a lot of energy and play with a lot of energy,” Indiana’s Paul George said. “We just did a terrible job of responding to it. They just caught fire and once one of them fell, they all had that confidence to keep shooting.”
Indiana plays in Sacramento on Friday, which means they’ll be playing at the Pepsi Center on consecutive nights.
The NBA lines gave the Pacers as 3.5 point favorites over the Nuggets on Saturday. Denver has covered the spread in three of the last four games against Indiana, and seven of the last ten games in the series ended OVER the game total.