The Indiana Pacers are going to war on Friday night with the Brooklyn Nets as 5 ½-point favorites in NBA betting action. Anyone who studies this series though, knows that for whatever reason, the boys from Brooklyn have had a great history against the Pacers, and that could create a great betting stance to kick off the weekend.

The Nets have won three straight games in this series and have covered five in a row dating back to last January 31st, 2012. The last game that the Pacers won and covered here at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in this series was back in January 2011.

This time around, there is probably just a bit more motivation for the Nets to do well than there is for the Pacers. Indiana more or less knows that it is going to be the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs this season. Sure, there is a possibility to run down the New York Knicks, who are two games ahead of the Pacers with four to play, but that isn’t all that likely. It also is just as unlikely that Brooklyn could run down Indiana for the third seed in the East. The Nets though, could win this game and clinch home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs against either the Chicago Bulls or the Atlanta Hawks.

G Joe Johnson has been bothered by a quadriceps injury of late. He has been back in the lineup for four games since returning from injury, but he has only averaged 14.5 points per game since that point, almost two points off of his scoring average for the season.

The last time these two met, the Pacers had massive problems on the boards. F Reggie Evans had 22 rebounds, while F Gerald Wallace had 11. C Brook Lopez led all scorers with 25 points.