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Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Line-ups, preview and prediction 10/25/17

It's been a tough start to a new era in Oklahoma, and the Thunder now look to bounce back with a win against an exciting Pacers team.


The Thunder suffered a last-gasp defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves last time out. Carmelo Anthony hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with only seconds left on the clock, before Andrew Wiggins drained a long-range buzzer-beater to get the win. Russell Westbrook and Melo led the way for OKC, but it was a night to forget for former Pacer Paul George, who shot 30% from the field and only 1 for 8 from beyond the arc.

The Pacers continue their road trip in Oklahoma after an impressive win in Minnesota last night. Indiana torched the T-Wolves for 130 points, led by Victor Oladipo’s 28. Now, Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis return to the Chesapeake Arena for the first time since being used as trade bait by the Thunder to seal George’s switch. With Myles Turner out through concussion, Sabonis should start on his return to former surrounds.

Keys to the Game

Ball movement – Both teams are in the top ten in the league in assists so far, and the Pacers have been especially good at getting production out of multiple players. Expect to see the ball flowing in this one.

Old friends, new foes – Three players will be in action against their old team in George, Oladipo and Sabonis. George will salivate at the chance to shine against his old team, but the new Pacers duo will also want to prove a point against their former employer.

Potent offenses – The Pacers have been clicking on offense so far, whilst OKC have shown flashes early on in the OK3 era. Wednesday’s game certainly has the potential to be a high-scoring affair.

Matchup to Watch

Russell Westbrook vs. Darren Collison – Both players have started the season strongly, particularly in terms of getting teammates involved. Expect both point guards to control this game for thier respective teams.

Indiana Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Darren Collison | SG – Victor Oladipo | SF – Bojan Bogdanovic | PF – Thaddeus Young | C – Domantas Sabonis |

Oklahoma City Thunder Projected Lineup

PG – Russell Westbrook | SG – Andre Robertson | SF – Paul George | PF – Carmelo Anthony | C – Steven Adams

Fantasy Tip

George won’t let himself have another bad performance, especially against his old team, so expect him to be the aggressor for OKC in this game.

Betting Tip

The over/under is 218, but that looks light given these two teams’ impressive offensive traits. Over could be the play here.

Prediction

Oklahoma City will be desperate to get the win after the final moments of the Minnesota game. This is also the second game of a back-a-back for Indiana, which is tough enough without your opponents being the Thunder. Oklahoma City takes it in a high-scoring affair.

TV Info

You can catch this one on local Fox Sports channels, otherwise stream it on League Pass. Coverage starts at 8pm ET.

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Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Line-ups, preview and prediction 10/25/17

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