Nuggets vs. Pacers NBA expert prediction and odds for Tuesday, Jan. 23 (Indiana gets right at home)

NBA betting preview, prediction and best bet for Nuggets-Pacers. 
Jan 19, 2024; Portland, Oregon, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward Pascal Siakam (43) warms up prior to face Portland.
Jan 19, 2024; Portland, Oregon, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward Pascal Siakam (43) warms up prior to face Portland. / Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Nuggets were the first team to beat the Boston Celtics at TD Garden and followed that victory by taking down the Washington Wizards on the road, 113-104, but failed to cover as an 11.5-point favorite. Is Denver worth another look as a road favorite against the struggling Indiana Pacers? 

Indiana is still not at full strength with standout guard Tyrese Haliburton shut down for the next three games with a hamstring issue. Indiana finished its recent road trip with four losses in five games and have yet to win with the newly-acquired Pascal Siakam. Is a return home enough to get the Pacers back on track? 

Here’s a betting preview for Tuesday’s matchup with a best bet. 

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Nuggets vs. Pacers odds, spread and total

Nuggets vs. Pacers how to watch

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 23 
  • Game time: 7 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Nuggets record: 30-14
  • Pacers record: 24-19

Nuggets vs. Pacers injury reports

Denver Nuggets injury report

  • Aaron Gordon (shoulder): probable
  • Michael Porter Jr. (illness): probable
  • Julian Strawther (knee): out

Indiana Pacers injury report

  • Isaiah Jackson (concussion): questionable
  • Andrew Nembhard (back): questionable
  • Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring): out 

Nuggets vs. Pacers key players to watch

Denver Nuggets

Aaron Gordon: Gordon is probable for Tuesday’s matchup in Indiana with a shoulder issue, but his defensive play was a big reason for the Nuggets’ back-to-back road wins. Against Washington and Boston, Gordon grabbed 20 rebounds and tallied four blocks. Denver held those two opponents to 204 total points in a pair of outright wins and unders. Offensively, Gordon struggled, scoring just 13 points on 4-of-16 shooting and missing five free throws. 

Indiana Pacers

Pascal Siakam: The Pacers acquired the star forward from the Raptors but have yet to win with him on the floor. Siakam has looked good in two games, though, combining for 36 points on 15-of-28 shooting with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He’ll have to carry more of the load offensively for the struggling Pacers with Haliburton sidelined for the next three games. 

Nuggets vs. Pacers prediction and pick

The Pacers are the more desperate team coming off a brutal west-coast road trip, losing three times by single digits. That included a 117-109 loss in Denver, when the Pacers shot just 8-for-29 from the perimeter. Indiana shot just 43.2% (80-for-185) in its two recent losses to Portland and Phoenix, but return home where they’ve been better offensively and profitable to bettors. 

Denver averages 111.7 points per game on the road, nine points lower than its home average, and are just 6-12 ATS as a road favorite and 8-15 ATS away from Denver overall. Indiana is 5-2 ATS as a home underdog this season. The Pacers have their backs against the wall in a crowded Eastern Conference – take the points. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change