NBA Picks for Pacers vs. Suns

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:22 PM GMT

The Indiana Pacers are playing great basketball in the month of January, as they travel to take on the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night. Will the Pacers be able to keep it up and beat the NBA odds?

Let’s take a closer look at the pro basketball odds for this non-conference matchup at the US Airways Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Streaking

Indiana is 5-0 SUATS over its last five games, which includes a 102-94 victory over the Golden State Warriors as 1.5-point road underdogs Monday, while pushing up against the betting total of 196.

The Pacers are getting tremendous production out of leading scorer Paul George, who is averaging 28.8 points on 54.2 percent shooting over his last four games.

NBA handicappers will find that the franchise is 0-2 SUATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points this season, with both games going UNDER the total.

Falling into a pattern

Phoenix has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it comes off a 117-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets as 1.5-point home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for the third consecutive contest.

The Suns are averaging 26 3-point attempts per game this season—knocking down 38.5 percent of their opportunities from beyond the arc when playing at home.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 5-14 SU and 7-12 ATS when playing on two days rest.

Defense

The Pacers lead the league in defensive field-goal percentage and opponents’ 3-point percentage—two very important categories when facing a foe that averages 108.5 points per game at this venue.

Indiana is first in allowing just 34.6 points per game in the paint, with center Roy Hibbert being the main reason for that success, as he’s tallied 104 blocks on the season.

Green and Plumlee

There’s no doubt that the Suns will be motivated to try and pull off the upset, especially since starters Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee were acquired via trade from the Pacers for Luis Scola.

Green has scored 20-plus points nine times during the 2013-14 campaign, while Plumlee has racked up nine double-doubles.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total for their NBA picks, as the UNDER is 9-3 in the Suns’ last 12 home games versus a team with a winning road record.

NBA Pick: Under 196.5