Phoenix Suns vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 1/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (+2.5)
The Indiana Pacers (6-2) host the Phoenix Suns (6-2) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday. Phoenix opens this contest as 2.5-point underdogs. The total opens at 217.
The Phoenix Suns faced off with the Toronto Raptors and notched a win by a score of 123-115 in their last contest. Phoenix walked away from the game with a 48.2% field goal percentage (40 of 83) and buried 21 out of their 40 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Suns knocked down 22 of 24 attempts for a rate of 91.7%. Regarding getting rebounds, they collected 41 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 30 assists in this game in addition to getting 4 steals and 3 rejections. In relation to the defense, Phoenix allowed 49.4% from the field on 39 of 79 shooting. Toronto doled out 18 assists and had 6 steals for the game. In addition, the Raptors snagged 42 rebounds (10 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Toronto finished the contest at 71.9% at the charity stripe by knocking down 23 of 32 tries. They converted 14 of their 35 tries from three-point range.
Devin Booker is a player who was a major contributor for this game. He was able to score 24 points on 6 out of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 34:36 minutes played and also snagged 2 boards. Booker finished the game shooting 42.9% from the floor and totaled 6 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Suns was Jae Crowder. He totaled 3 boards and also accumulated 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 63.6% from the field for the game by hitting 7-of-11 (21 points). At the conclusion of this game, Crowder was on the hardwood for 34:57 min.
Phoenix will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 6-2 on the season. They currently have an average of 109.8 points per game (20th in the league) while connecting on 47.1% from the field. The Suns are shooting 39.1% on shots beyond the perimeter (116 of 297) and 83.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Phoenix is snagging 41.8 rebounds per game and has earned 207 assists on the year, which has them ranked 14th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 13.6 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 21.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Suns are able to force 13.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 20.4 personal fouls. They are giving up 35.0% on three-point shots and they are ranked 1st in the NBA in points per game allowed (102.4). The Suns defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 45.9% (111 of 163) and they concede 42.3 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They rank 3rd in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 162 conceded for the year.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Indiana Pacers took home the win by a final score of 114-107 against the Houston Rockets. The Pacers collected 31 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 38 for the matchup. They turned away 9 attempts while recording 10 steals for the matchup. The Rockets had 22 personal fouls for the game which took the Pacers to the charity stripe for 26 shots. They were able to knock down 21 of the free throw tries for a clip of 80.8%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, Indiana knocked down 9 of their 23 tries (39.1%). When the game finished, the Pacers finished the game shooting 42 for 89 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.2%. The Pacers allowed the Rockets to make 39 of their 81 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 48.1% for this contest. They finished 26.7% from three-point range by shooting 8 out of 30 and finished the game at 21 of 26 from the charity stripe (80.8%). In regard to rebounds, Indiana permitted Houston to grab 39 in total (5 offensive).
Malcolm Brogdon was important for the Pacers for the contest. He converted 13 out of 25 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 52.0%, which had him finishing with 35 points. Brogdon grabbed 2 rebounds in his 39:07 mins of time on the court and added 7 assists for the matchup. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Indiana was Domantas Sabonis. He ended up with 22 points in 38:08 mins on the hardwood by way of 9 out of 14 shooting for this contest. Sabonis wrapped this one up going 64.3% from the floor while also collecting 4 assists and 12 rebounds.
Indiana has a mark of 6-2 for the year. Indiana has accumulated 918 pts for the season (114.8 per contest) and they grab 41.0 boards per game. The Pacers are committing 23.3 personal fouls every game and they hit 75.6% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Pacers are shooting 49.0% from the field, which ranks 2nd in the league. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.9 times per contest (5th in the league) and they turn it over 13.9 times per contest. The Pacers on the defensive end are ranked 10th in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 108.0. They have allowed 22.5 assists and 44.3 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 5th and 13th in the NBA. The Indiana defense concedes 39.7% on shots from distance (87 of 219) and their opposition knocks down 75.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 17.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.2% from the field (17th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Phoenix (+2.5)
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