The Utah Jazz are giving just 2 points to the Indiana Pacers tonight on their home floor. What should we think about what the NBA odds say in this one?
Match Up and Odds
The 26-17 (10-14, Away), Indiana Pacers are coming off three days rest to take on the 23-20 Utah Jazz (14-4, Home) who are coming off a loss last night to the slumping LA Lakers. Odds makers have opened up Utah a slight 2 point favorite with the OVER/UNDER set at 183.
Paul George filling the void of Danny Grainger
When Paul George was drafted in the Top 10 of the first round of the NBA Draft, everyone said, who? Not anymore, at 6 foot 8 inches, Paul is a match up night mare at the guard position, he is impossible defend because of his size and he is also a lock down defender because of his size and quickness. It's not often you see a Guard in this league at 6'8 that possesses the ball handling skills that George has. On the year Paul is averaging close to 18 points per game, pulling in 8 rebounds, 2 steals and close to 4 assists a game. Talk about a stat sheet filler. Expect him to give the under sized Guards of the Jazz tons of trouble tonight.
Defensive minded Pacers out for revenge
Indiana takes pride in being one of the best defensive squads in the entire NBA. They are #1 in the league holding opponents to 41% shooting per game and #2 in the league holding teams to just 89 points per game.
As we mentioned in our opener they are coming off 3 days rest, but in their most recent game against Portland they got absolutely embarrassed and lit up for 100 points, the first time the Pacers have given over 100 in over 10 games. You can be sure head coach Frank Vogel was in their ear every single practice that was held after that loss and you can expect one of their best defensive efforts of the year tonight.
Take the points
One of Utah's main strengths is their big men inside but that will be neutralized tonight, being that Indiana ranks #9 in all of basketball in defensive rebounding and #1 in offensive rebounding. Expect Utah to struggle in every aspect of this game as the Pacers are just a flat out horrible match up for them.
The line says it all. Utah is one of the best home teams in all of basketball yet they are only laying 2 points? Odds makers are begging for Jazz money. We aren't buying what they are selling for our NBA picks. Utah is on the back end of a back to back, while Indiana comes in well rested and looking to put on a defensive clinic on a Jazz team that could be physically worn down at the moment.
Free Picks: Indiana Pacers +2 is our NBA Play of the Day. Line available at 5Dimes.