The Phoenix Suns (18-25) will be at home in Talking Stick Resort Arena when they square off against the Indiana Pacers (28-16). Indiana is a 1-point favorite on the opening line, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 222.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and it can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest – Indiana.
Indiana Pacers vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Preview
The Pacers lost big to the Utah Jazz in their last contest, 118-88. They were not able to cover as 8-point underdogs. Myles Turner had a good performance for Indiana, contributing 12 points, six steals and five rebounds. Utah did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (12-12; 100.0 percent). Indiana, meanwhile, forced the Jazz into a turnover percentage of 18.5 (above their season average of 13.1). The two teams combined to put up 206 points, which was under the projected point total of 216.
In the Suns’ previous game, they were 5-point favorites and were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs, 120-118. With 25 points and 12 rebounds, Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton put together a good game. San Antonio had a turnover percentage of 7.6 (better than their season average of 11.2). Phoenix, meanwhile, did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (26-30; 86.7 percent). The two teams collectively scored 238 points, which was over the O/U total of 230.
Based on each team’s statistical profile, ball protection could play a key role in this meeting. Indiana commits the fifth-fewest miscues in the league (turnover percentage of 12.4 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Phoenix forces the fourth-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 14.6 percent).
Of Indiana’s 44 games, 22 have finished over the projected point total, while 24 of Phoenix’s 43 games have finished over the O/U total. The Pacers have the substantial advantage straight up (SU) (28-16 vs. 18-25), but both teams are right around the .500 mark against the spread (ATS).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Pacers won both meetings played against each other last season. In the last game, Indiana won 131-97. The Pacers played a flawless game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.303 and a turnover percentage of 11.8. The Suns were 0.095 and 15.6, respectively, for those same stats.
Indiana Pacers at Phoenix Suns Prediction
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Indiana ranks first in steals allowed per game (6.5) while Phoenix ranks 16th (7.9).
Phoenix ranks fourth in fast break points allowed per game (11.9) while Indiana ranks eighth (12.1).
The Suns are 25th in the league with 12.1 second chance points per game while the Pacers are 26th with 11.9 second chance points per game.
Indiana is 12-10 ATS on the road, while Phoenix is 10-13-1 ATS at home.
Phoenix is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its last five games, Indiana is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Suns have outscored opponents by an average of 4.0 points in their last five games. For the season, Phoenix has been defeated by an average of 0.5 points.
During their last five games, the Pacers have scored an average of 104.8 points per game (4.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 106.6 points per game (0.1 above their season average).