Date/Time: January 22, 10:30 p.m. EST
The Indiana Pacers are contenders for the NBA Championship. They have played toe to toe with the Miami Heat and have proven they can come out of the Eastern Conference and this week they get a chance to prove that they can play with any team out of the Western Conference. This team is on a west coast swing that started with a big win over the Golden State Warriors and now they will try and slow down the red hot Phoenix Suns.
The Phoenix Suns have to be the surprise team of the year. They are 23-17 on the season and are surprising teams on any given night. Now they will get a very physical challenge as they try and match up with the Pacers.
For the Pacers the main player to watch is Paul George. George scored 14 of his team-high 23 points in the first quarter. He went 9 of 20 shooting from the field, including 3 of 7 from 3-point land, and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. He did all of his damage in 36 minutes of game action, also adding four rebounds, two assists and one steal. He will get plenty of attention from the Phoenix defense.
The Suns will have to also watch the glass. Pacers center Roy Hibbert was all over the glass Monday night, as he notched his 10th double-double of the season in his team’s 102-94 win over the Warriors. The Suns cannot afford to give the Pacers second shots in this game.
The latest NBA basketball betting trends indicate that the Pacers have the majority of the wagering angles n their favor. The Suns are 3-8 against the spread (ATS) in their last 11 home games when going up against a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
The Pacers are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game, 22-7 ATS in their last 29 games playing on 1 days rest and 38-17 ATS in their last 55 games overall. The Pacers have had some problems in this series in the past.
The Pacers are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings between these two teams. The Pacers are rolling right now, but they will look past the Suns off a big win against the Warriors and look for the Suns to surprise the Pacers in this big game.
Free Pick: Phoenix Suns
Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.