Indiana Pacers vs. Phoenix Suns 1/21/24 – As the NBA season heats up, fans and bettors alike turn their attention to the intriguing matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Phoenix Suns. Scheduled for Sunday, this game is a highlight for anyone following the NBA latest picks. Both teams, with closely matched records, are keen to climb higher in the standings, making this contest one not to be missed.
|Sunday, January 21, 2024, at 8:00 PM ET
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Myles Turner with his fifth block tonight ✋ pic.twitter.com/w6hqfLsTCo
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 20, 2024
Myles Turner (C) vs. Kevin Durant (PF)
Myles Turner has been an integral component of the Indiana Pacers’ performance this season, contributing an average of 27.4 minutes on court per game while contributing 17.2 points. His rebounding skills stand out with an impressive average of 7.3 per game while also serving as an effective defensive player with 1.9 blocks per game – though there could still be room for improvement when it comes to turnovers per game and fouls per game – areas which could erode defensive consistency for Indiana.
On the Phoenix Suns’ side of things is Kevin Durant, an exceptional power forward with unmatchable skills. Durant has played in 33 games this season averaging 36.9 minutes and scoring 28.9 points per game while also contributing 5.8 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game; making him an all-around threat; however his turnover rate of 3.3 could give the Indiana Pacers opportunities for offensive success.
When these two star players collide, it will likely come down to their performances. Turner’s defensive prowess will be key in stopping Durant from scoring points; and their duel between shot-blocking abilities and scoring skills could very well decide the tempo and direction of the game.
Pacers: Precision in Play
The Pacers boast an impressive offensive record, averaging 125.6 points per game with a 50.8 field goal percentage. Their shooting efficiency stands out with 14.2 average 3-point field goals made per game at an astounding 38.1% success rate – alongside 31 assists per game they show that their team excels in creating and capitalizing upon opportunities. Yet their 13.1 turnover average gives Suns plenty of opportunity for revenge.
Suns: Strength in Strategy
The Suns score an average of 115.9 points per game, showing balanced offensive and defensive play. Their 41.3 field goal made per game at 48.3% shooting rate represents efficiency while defensive rebounding (32.8 per game) forms an integral part of their strategy. Their ability to draw fouls and make free throws (21.4 made per game at 82.3%) could prove pivotal during tight contests while slightly lower assists per game (26.1) may indicate room for improvement in ball movement.
NBA Betting Odds: TBD, Over/Under: TBD
Betting odds for this matchup are eagerly awaited, with both teams offering compelling arguments to bettors. The Pacers’ offensive firepower and Suns’ balanced approach make this game difficult to predict; as such, its odds may reflect this competitive parity.
Indiana Pacers Betting Trends
Pacers are 3-2 in their last 5 games.
Indiana Pacers are 3-1 in their last 5 games against the spread.
Pacers are 11-9 in their road games against the spread.
The totals have gone OVER in 1 of Pacers’ last 5 games.
The totals have gone OVER in 15 of Pacers’ 21 last games at home.
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
Suns are 3-2 in their last 5 games.
Phoenix Suns are 1-4 in their last 5 games against the spread.
Suns are 8-9 in their road games against the spread.
The totals have gone OVER in 3 of Suns’ last 5 games.
The totals have gone OVER in 14 of Suns’ 23 last games at home.
Isaiah Jackson PF Is “?” Sunday vs Phoenix, Head
Andrew Nembhard PG Is “?” Sunday vs Phoenix, Back
Damion Lee SG Is out indefinitely, Knee
Bol Bol C Is “?” Sunday vs Indiana, Foot
Indiana Pacers vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Picks
Statistics and recent trends point towards this matchup being fiercely competitive. The Pacers may take advantage of Suns’ less consistent spread performance to take an early lead; however, their balanced approach and home court advantage should not be underrated.
While the Pacers might seem to be the more consistent team against the spread, their opponents the Suns make them formidable opponents. Betting on spread may favor them but outright winners might prove harder to pick than anticipated.
For prop bets and over/under, considering the offensive strengths of both teams, betting on the top betting sites for a high total score seems prudent. The key matchup between Turner and Durant will be critical, with Durant’s scoring ability potentially being the deciding factor. Sign up today to make your NBA betting prediction!
Score Prediction: Pacers 112, Suns 109.