Indiana Pacers vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 4/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Utah Jazz
Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Roc
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+10.5)
Vivint Arena is the venue where and the Utah Jazz (41-14) will take on the Indiana Pacers (26-28) on Friday. The spread on this matchup has Utah as 10.5-point favorites. The total is set at 234.
The Indiana Pacers faced off with the Houston Rockets and walked away with a win by a score of 132-124 in their last contest. Indiana ended the game with a 53.2% field goal percentage (50 of 94) and knocked down 15 out of their 36 3-pointers. When they shot from the free throw line, the Pacers buried 17 of their 22 attempts for a rate of 77.3%. In regard to pulling down boards, they collected 48 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 28 assists for the game while creating 15 turnovers and getting 10 steals. Regarding the defense, Indiana allowed the other team to go 46.2% from the floor on 48 of 104 shooting. Houston recorded 22 assists and had 12 steals for the matchup. Moreover, Houston snagged 47 boards (16 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Houston finished shooting 81.8% at the free throw line by knocking down 18 of 22 tries. They also knocked down 10 of 34 tries from beyond the arc.
Caris LeVert is a guy who played a role in this game. He accumulated 27 points on 10 out of 20 shooting. He played for 29:59 mins played and pulled down 5 rebounds. LeVert finished shooting 50.0% from the floor and distributed 1 assist. One more player that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Pacers was Malcolm Brogdon. He totaled 14 rebounds in 33:59 minutes on the court. He finished 36.8% from the field for this game via 7-of-19 (23 points). When this game wrapped up, Brogdon had accumulated 9 assists.
Indiana enters this one with a win-loss record of 26-28 on the season. They are averaging 113.9 pts per game (11th in the NBA) while hitting 47.4% from the floor. The Pacers are hitting 36.1% on three-point shots (669 of 1,852) and 78.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Indiana is snagging 42.2 boards per game and has 1,444 assists this season, which is 5th in basketball in terms of passing. They turn it over 13.9 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 20.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Pacers are forcing 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.4 personal fouls. The Pacers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 47.1% (821 of 994) and they concede 45.7 boards per contest as a unit. They rank 24th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,402 surrendered this season. They give up 37.4% from 3-point land while they are 22nd in the NBA in points per game allowed (114.1).
In their last game, the Utah Jazz went home victorious with a score of 106-96 when they faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Jazz snagged 40 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 51 for the contest. They also turned the ball over 12 times, while recording 6 steals for the contest. The Thunder were called for 23 personal fouls in this game which got the Jazz to the charity stripe for 20 tries. They were able to convert 17 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 85.0%. Regarding shots from downtown, Utah made 17 of 47 attempts (36.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Jazz went 36 for 86 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.9%. The Jazz allowed the Thunder to convert 36 of their 93 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 38.7% in the game. They finished 41.2% from downtown by hitting 14 out of 34 and finished the contest at 10 of 18 at the charity stripe (55.6%). With respect to cleaning the glass, Utah permitted Oklahoma City to get 50 in total (15 on the offensive side).
Bojan Bogdanovic ended up being a major contributor for the Jazz for this contest. He made 6 of 14 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 42.9%, and had 7 rebounds. Bogdanovic earned 23 points in his 35:42 mins on the court and had 1 assist for this contest. An additional guy who came through for Utah was Donovan Mitchell. He finished this one with 3 assists in 33:01 minutes on the hardwood, and he converted 7 of 16 from the floor. Mitchell wrapped this one up going 43.8% from the field in addition to contributing 22 points and 4 boards.
Utah has a win-loss mark of 41-14 for the campaign. When it comes to executing on offense, the Jazz are connecting on 46.6% from the field, which is ranked 16th in basketball. Utah has 6,434 points so far this season (117.0 per contest) and they grab 48.3 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 23.4 times per game (22nd in basketball) and they are turning it over 13.8 times per game. The Jazz have committed 18.8 fouls per contest and they connect on 79.2% from the charity stripe. The Jazz are ranked 4th in the league in points allowed per contest with 107.5. They are able to force 11.4 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 44.6% from the floor (2nd in the league). The Utah defense allows 34.4% on shots from behind the 3-point line (593 of 1,722) and opponents are making 76.9% of their foul shots. They surrender 22.1 dimes and 43.2 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 1st and 11th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Indiana (+10.5)
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