If you bet on Butler before this week, your balance likely soared as they leveled up to 5th in the nation last week. The Pacers are hot and keep getting hotter, while IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame are grinding and trying to find out what kinds of teams they really are. Let’s check out how our favorite Indiana basketball teams did for your DraftKings account this week.
Butler Bounces Big Time
Butler looked like a pretty good bet entering the week after crushing Providence and moving up to the 5th overall ranking in the country by the latest poll. With a top 5 defense, the Bulldogs were looking primed to pummel their Big East opponents this week, Seton Hall and DePaul. While Seton Hall is also a top 25 team, many betters felt good about the formidable Bulldogs to keep rolling on their home floor. Things did not go exactly to plan.
Things started off just fine, with Butler up ten points in the second half. But Butler’s magic ran out in the second half and they just stopped dropping shots. They allowed Seton Hall come back and pull off the upset. The four points that Butler was favored in the game ended up being meaningless as they fell apart and were handed their second loss of the season.
Surely the mighty Bulldogs would be able to right the ship in their next game against DePaul, a team who does not have anywhere near the impressive resume that Butler does this season. However, Butler betters were foiled once again as they never even took the lead once in the game and had 17 turnovers. Butler was a 4.5 point favorite in this road matchup and lost by a large margin of thirteen points.
This week ATS: 0-2
Season ATS: 11-6-1
Winning Ways Continue for Pacers
The Indiana Pacers keep on rolling in the Eastern Conference. They came into a big four game week playing well overall, but coming off a big loss to the even hotter Miami Heat last week. Indiana took care of business this week and continued their fine play.
Knocked out the 76ers in Philly
The Pacers entered play at Bankers Life Field House as a 3.5 favorite against Philly, the team directly behind them in the Eastern Conference standings.
This one was a close, well fought game, but the Pacers finished very strong end took the 76ers out on their home court and even got a nice cover for Pacers betters. T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon lead the way in scoring, over 20 points each, as they cruised in the 4th quarter to a 101-95 victory.
Two Wins In a Row Against Timberwolves
On Wednesday, the Pacers landed in Minnesota to play on the Timberwolves, a team that has struggled this season and has a record to prove it. Pacers entered play as 4.5 point favorites in this road matchup, proving that odds makers believed there was a mismatch on the court with these two squads.
It was a little dicey early on, with the Pacers down 5 points at the end of the second quarter, but a bounce back second half lead the Pacers to another hard fought victory. Sabonis lead scorers with 29 points and added 13 rebounds in another double double standout performance.
On Friday, these two teams traveled to Indianapolis to play once more, this time in front of the Pacers hometown crowd. The spread increased to 6.5 in this next matchup as odds makers and betters saw another opportunity for Indiana to show off its fortitude.
The Pacers jumped out to a 6 point lead at the end of quarter 1, but the two teams played a back and forth affair through the next three. Minnesota started the fourth quarter still down by six.
The Pacers got another hard fought victory late with the game on the line. T.J Warren lead all scorers with 28 points. Great team win, but a frustrating affair for some Pacers betters as the Timberwolves and their late push cost the Pacers a cover against the spread.
Capping Off A Big Week in Denver
The Pacers landed in the mile high city on Sunday night to take on the Nuggets. Indiana entered play as a 3.5 point underdog; this was the first time that the Pacers entered play as a dog in nine games. The Nuggets started hot and got out to a 6 point lead at the end of the first, and held that same margin through the second. Big time points were scored in the third, but the Pacers still trailed by 7 entering the final frame.
The Pacers put a smile on the face of anyone who bet on them with their performance in the fourth quarter, where they outscored the Nuggets by fifteen in a 41 point quarter. Domantas Sabonis was the player of the game once again with a triple double in the affair.
This week ATS: 2-1
Season ATS: 23-18-2
Indiana’s Up and Down Season Continues
After a huge win against the ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in their last game before this week, many expected the Indiana Hoosiers to beat down their opponents this week. On paper, Rutgers did not appear that they would match up with this Hoosier squad, who many betters were expecting to come off that Ohio State win with a confidence to continue that level of play.
That is not exactly what happened when they traveled to New Jersey to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Hoosiers shot a terrible 31.7% from the floor and only hit two of nineteen shots from downtown. Indiana did not have a single lead in this game. Indiana’s best scorer, Jackson-Davis, only scored four points. The 3.5 spread was nowhere near enough as they ended up losing the game by 9.
In Saturday’s game against Nebraska, Indiana entered play as a 6.5 point favorite. The downswing from that Rutgers game appeared to be gone, and the Hoosiers looked much more like the team that beat Ohio State. Jackson-Davis had a nice return performance by scoring 18, and Joey Brunk tossed in 16 of his own. Indiana had a much better time getting the ball through the hoop in this one, with their field goal percentage climbing back over a respectable 50%.
This week ATS: 1-1
Season ATS: 9-9