Pacers' Offense Finally Can Feel Right at Home Against Suns

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Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 3:42 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 3:42 PM UTC

The road-weary Pacers host a poor defensive Suns team Wednesday night. Although they don’t know the status of Myles Turner, the comfort of finally being home should help Indiana's offense.

Wednesday NBA: Suns vs. PacersFree NBA Pick: Over 104 1HBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Even though the Pacers have been playing slower and better defensively over their past five or six games, their first home since January 12 should light a fuse for their offense.

Indiana has faced some tough defenses lately. Against the Suns in Phoenix about 10 days ago was the last time they dropped a huge score.

Things should happen that way again tonight in Indianapolis. The Suns’ defense is allowing about 112 points per game over their last five, and they have given up 112.2 points per game when playing on the road this season.

While the Pacers’ defense has been good recently, it’s more due to whom they were playing. Now that they are up against a fast-paced Suns team that plays worse defense than the Pacers, we could be in for a very fast-paced game.

The better play in this one might be the first-half total, though, which is sitting at 104 points on the NBA odds board. The last time these teams met, the Pacers dropped 64 first-half points on the Suns, and another 60-plus tonight could be in the cards.

However, Indiana is just 4-14 cashing the full-game total against the West this season, but that doesn’t mean they are struggling to score in those games, especially at home. In their nine home games against the West, the Pacers are averaging 53.7 points per first half, while the Suns are giving up more than 55 points per first half on the road.

With the full-game total questionable, in my NBA picks I think the Pacers can ramp up the pace in the first half to cash the over. On the year, Indiana is not playing that fast at home against the West, especially in the first half of games. However, they own an offensive rating of more than 111 in those same nine games, so I like their chances of putting up a big score early tonight. If so, we’ll all be dancing like Victor Oladipo:

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