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Utah Jazz vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/4/13

Indiana Pacers (16-2) at Utah Jazz (4-15)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)

The Line: Utah Jazz +8.5 -- Over/Under: 187.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Indiana Pacers look to bounce back on Wednesday night as they travel to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Jazz.

Head to head, the Pacers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Utah while the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Pacers on the other hand are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.

Utah Jazz vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/4/13

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Is it crazy to like the Utah Jazz in this one? I would of much preferred it if the Indiana Pacers weren’t coming off a loss to the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night, but here me out here. The Jazz come into tonight’s game having defeated the visiting Houston Rockets 109-103 on Monday night, which was easily their biggest win of the young season. With that victory, Utah has now won three of their last four and they have covered the spread in eight of their last 11 overall. Having Trey Burke back has made a huge difference as the rookie has scored back-to-back 20 point games and has given Utah a legitimate point guard to run the show.

As far as Indiana is concerned, they are still the best team in the league at the moment and their is no shame in losing to the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden, a feat that only a handful of teams will accomplish this season. The Pacers only other loss on the season came in Chicago and other than that, you can’t really fault anything they have done in the first month and a bit of action. Indiana could improve offensively, but they have actually been scoring at a pretty high clip recently, averaging exactly 100 points over their last 10 games. Defensively, this is the best unit in the NBA and it isn’t even close.

This might just be a purple patch for the Jazz, but I have a feeling they are going to be a lot more competitive moving forward, which has a lot to do with the return of Trey Burke. Again, I would of preferred the Pacers coming off a loss, but I think the Jazz can hang around long enough to get the cover, but just...

Dan’s Pick: Utah +8.5

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