Indiana Pacers vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 3/13/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+5.5)
Phoenix Suns Arena is the venue where and the Phoenix Suns (25-11) will play the Indiana Pacers (16-19) on Saturday. Indiana opens this game as 5.5-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 219.
The Indiana Pacers faced the Denver Nuggets and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 113-103 in their last contest. Indiana finished the contest having earned a 45.6% FG percentage (41 out of 90) and knocked down 14 of 39 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Pacers converted 7 of 12 tries for a rate of 58.3%. With respect to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 34 with 11 of them being offensive. They also doled out 27 dimes for this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and getting 12 steals. When it comes to defense, Indiana allowed the other team to go 58.4% from the floor on 45 out of 77 shooting. Denver dished out 27 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. Moreover, Denver snagged 41 boards (6 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Denver shot 68.8% from the charity stripe by burying 11 of their 16 tries. They converted 12 out of their 28 shots from beyond the arc.
Myles Turner is a player who had an impact for the contest. He recorded 22 points on 9 of 14 shooting. He played 38:14 mins and also snagged 12 boards. Turner finished 64.3% from the field but finished the game without an assist. An additional guy that was a major factor in the game for the Pacers was Doug McDermott. He grabbed 4 rebounds in 29:39 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the game shooting 61.5% from the floor in the matchup by shooting 8-of-13 (20 points). When the time ran out, McDermott had 1 assist.
Indiana will enter this contest with a record of 16-19 on the year. They have an average of 112.8 points per contest (16th in the NBA) while going 47.3% from the floor. The Pacers are shooting 36.3% on 3-point shots (424 of 1,169) and 78.2% from the charity stripe. As a team, Indiana is grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game and has 931 assists on the campaign, which ranks 12th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 13.8 times per game and as a group they are committing 20.2 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end of the court, the Pacers are able to force 15.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.8 personal fouls. They are ranked 16th in the league in giving up assists with 905 conceded for the year. The Pacers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.9% (545 of 659) and they surrender 44.7 rebounds per contest as a team. They are giving up 38.1% from 3-point land and they are ranked 20th in the league in points per game allowed (112.5).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Phoenix Suns went home victorious with a score of 127-121 against the Portland Blazers. The Suns corralled 33 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 in the game. They also coughed it up 13 times, while earning 6 steals for the game. The Blazers earned 18 fouls for the matchup which took the Suns to the charity stripe for a total of 19 attempts. They were able to bury 16 of those for a clip of 84.2%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Phoenix knocked down 13 out of 24 tries (54.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Suns shot 49 for 83 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 59.0%. The Suns allowed the Blazers to convert 43 of their 94 tries from the field which had them shooting 45.7% for the matchup. They finished 41.9% from three-point range by going 18 out of 43 and ended up shooting 17 of 19 from the charity stripe (89.5%). In regard to rebounding, Phoenix allowed Portland to get 41 in total (15 on the offensive side).
Devin Booker ended up being a factor for the Suns in this contest. He converted 12 out of 21 in the game for a rate of 57.1%, and had 5 rebounds. Booker accumulated 35 points in his 35:53 minutes on the court and totaled 8 dimes in the game. One more player that played a role for Phoenix was Chris Paul. He finished with 7 assists in 31:36 mins on the court, and he shot 7 out of 15 from the floor. Paul ended the game having shot 46.7% from the floor in addition to contributing 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Phoenix has a win-loss mark of 25-11 on the year. Phoenix has scored 4,102 points for the campaign (113.9 per game) and they snag 43.3 rebounds per game. The Suns commit 19.6 fouls per game while shooting 83.4% from the free throw line. In terms of offensive execution, the Suns are shooting 48.7% from the floor, which is 4th in the league. They are dishing out assists 27.1 times per game (2nd in the NBA) and they cough up possession 13.0 times per game. The Suns on the defensive side of the court are 3rd in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 107.5. They are forcing 13.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.8% from the floor (9th in basketball). The Phoenix defense surrenders 34.6% from downtown (405 of 1,170) and their opposition makes 76.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 22.0 dimes and 43.3 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 1st and 12th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Indiana (+5.5)
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