The Indiana Pacers (24-18) travel to face off against the Phoenix Suns (23-18) on Sunday, January 21st. This game will be played at Footprint Center in Phoenix and televised on AZFa. The Suns are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pacers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pelicans. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Pacers vs Suns
The Pacers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Pacers were defeated by the Trail Blazers in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 118-115. In addition, to losing the game straight-up, the Pacers lost vs. the spread as -8.5 point favorites. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 233 points ended up below the over/under line of 237.
Over their last three games, the Pacers have gone 1-2 and hold an overall record of 24-18. When facing Eastern Conference teams, the Pacers are 20-11 compared to 4-7 against non-conference opponents.
Indiana has an overall ATS record of 24-18 for the season so far. This season, Indiana has a 10-9 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 14-9 as underdogs.
The Suns Are Coming Off A Win
The Suns beat the Pelicans in their most recent game, ending with a score of 123-109. Before the game, the Suns were the underdogs with a +2.5 point advantage, securing both a straight-up and ATS victory. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 232 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 236.5.
Heading into today’s game, the Suns are 3rd in the Pacific Division and are 8th in the Western Conference. They have an overall record of 23-18 and are looking to extend their four game winning streak.
Phoenix has an overall ATS record of 15-26 for the season so far. This season, Phoenix has a 10-19 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 5-7 as underdogs.
Pacers Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Indiana offense is the 1st ranked unit in the NBA, at 125.4 points per contest.
When it comes to scoring, the Pacers are the top team in the NBA this season, averaging 125.4 points per game. They have been even better on the road, averaging 123.1 points per game away from home.
Indiana has been the most efficient team in the league when it comes to field goal percentage, shooting 50% from the field. They are also the top team in the NBA in two-point field goal percentage at 59%.
So far this season, the Pacers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 73.8% of their games. They are also the top team in the league in assists, averaging 31.1 per game.
Suns Offense Breakdown
In 41 games games, Phoenix has an average of 116.1 points per game (13th).
Heading into tonight’s game, the Suns are 13th in the league in scoring at 116.1 points per game. However, they are just 24th in pace at 97.8 possessions per game.
So far this season, Phoenix has outscored the NBA average in 51.2% of their games. They have been particularly effective at getting to the free-throw line, ranking 2nd in the league in free throws made per game at 21.2.
When it comes to shooting, the Suns are 9th in field goal percentage at 48%. They have also been efficient from three-point range, hitting 37% of their shots (10th).
Pacers Team Defense
On defense, the Pacers are ranked 29th in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 73.8% of their games. So far this season, the Pacers’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 1st in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 27.7 times per game vs. Indiana.
Suns Team Defense
The Suns’ defense is presently ranked 15th in the league, allowing an average of 114.3 points per contest. Opponents are hitting 53.6% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.9% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Pacers And Suns
For today’s matchup, we project Tyrese Haliburton to lead the scoring for the Pacers, putting up 22 points and shooting at a rate of 8/15. For the season, he has been averaging 23.6 points per game, in addition to 4.1 rebounds.
On the other side, Kevin Durant is our projected leading scorer for the Suns. We have him ending the game with a team-high 27 and grabbing 6 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 52.5% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 28.9 points per game.
Pacers vs Suns Trends
- Across their three previous road games, Indiana has an ATS mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 115 points per game.
- Although Phoenix has a straight up record of 5-5 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 4-6. The team averaged 115 points per game in these games.
- Through their last three games as the betting underdog, the Pacers have a strong record vs the spread going 2-1. Their straight up mark in these contests is 1-2.
- Through their previous five contests as the betting favorite, the Suns have a strong record of 4-1. Their record vs the spread in these matchups is 2-3.
Pacers vs Suns Prediction
For a point-spread bet in this Pacers vs. Suns matchup, we’re leaning towards the Pacers at +5. Although our projections show the Suns winning 118-117, we suggest placing your bet on the Pacers for the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 248, and our model projects the Pacers and Suns to reach a combined total of 235 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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