The Indiana Pacers (23-16) travel to face off against the Utah Jazz (21-20) on Monday, January 15th. This game will be played at Delta Center in Salt Lake City and televised on KJZZ. The Jazz are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pacers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Lakers. Tip-off is set for 9:00 ET.
Pacers vs Jazz
The Pacers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the game against the Nuggets, Bruce Brown was the top scorer for Indiana, recording 18 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 46.7%. While Buddy Hield was 2nd on the team with 16 points, Indiana fell short in the game with a final score of 117-109.
So far this season, the Pacers have a 23-16 overall record and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In road games, the Pacers are 10-8 compared to their 13-8 record at home.
Currently, Indiana holds an above .500 ATS record of 23-16 so far this year. During this season, Indiana has a 10-8 record against the spread as favorites and 13-8 as underdogs.
The Jazz Are Coming Off A Win
In the game against the Lakers, Lauri Markkanen was the top scorer for Utah, recording 29 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 45.2%. The Jazz picked up a 132-125 win, and Collin Sexton also added 27 points which was 2nd on the team.
Coming into today’s game, the Jazz have won five in a row and are 21-20 overall. In the Western Conference, they are 9th overall and are 4th in the Northwest division.
The Jazz have covered the spread successfully in their previous five games and maintain an overall ATS record of 25-16. This season, Utah has a 6-2 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 19-14 as underdogs.
Pacers Offense Breakdown
Today, the Pacers enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 126.1 points per game (1st).
Indiana comes into the game as the league’s top-scoring team at 126.1 points per game. They have been especially prolific on the road, where they are averaging 124.4 points per game.
The Pacers’ offense has been efficient overall, ranking first in field goal percentage at 51%. They have also been one of the league’s best three-point shooting teams, connecting on 38% of their attempts from beyond the arc.
When it comes to pace, Indiana is second in the NBA at 102.3 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are also leading the league with an average of 31.1 per contest.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Jazz’s offense is rated 11th in the league in scoring, averaging 116.4 points per contest.
At home, the Jazz have been one of the NBA’s most potent offenses, averaging 123.2 points per game (6th). Overall, they are 11th in scoring at 116.4 points per game. In terms of pace, they are 10th in the league.
Utah’s offensive success has come from their ability to knock down three-pointers, as they are 10th in the league in made threes at 13.3 per game. However, their three-point shooting percentage is just 23rd in the NBA at 35%.
So far this season, the Jazz have outscored the NBA scoring average in 56.1% of their games. They have also outscored their own scoring average in each of their last five contests.
Pacers Team Defense
On defense, the Pacers come into the game ranked 28th in the league in points allowed at 123.2 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 109.7 points per contest (13th). So far this season, the Pacers’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 2nd in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 27.2 times per game vs. Indiana.
Jazz Team Defense
At present, the Jazz’s defense is ranked 23rd, allowing 118.5 points per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Jazz are forcing 15.4 per game, which is 29th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 8th in blocked shots at 5.9 per game.
Key Players For The Pacers And Jazz
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Myles Turner is set to be the main scorer for the Pacers, recording 17 points and shooting 6/11 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 17.3 points per game, along with 7.3 rebounds.
On the other side, Lauri Markkanen is our projected leading scorer for the Jazz. We have him ending the game with a team-high 24 and grabbing 8 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 49.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 23.7 points per game.
Pacers vs Jazz Trends
- Across the Pacers last ten road games, the team averaged 119 points per game while allowing 120. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 6-4, while going 5-5 straight-up.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Utah has an ATS record of 4-1 while averaging 116 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Pacers have a strong straight up record of 3-2. In addition, their ATS record was 4-1 in these scenarios.
- The Jazz have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.
Pacers vs Jazz Prediction
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +7.5, the Pacers is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 247.5, and our model predicts the Pacers and Jazz to score a combined 226 points. We recommend betting on the under.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
* All odds are provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.Action247 does not warrant the accuracy of completeness of the information, text, graphics, links or other items contained within these post.