Jazz vs. Pacers - 1/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (13-22) at Utah Jazz (12-22)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, ROOT
The Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz play Monday night at the EnergySolutions Arena.
The Indiana Pacers have split their last 10 games and continue their four-game road trip. On the season, the Pacers are averaging 94.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting and are allowing 96.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting. David West is averaging 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds while C.J. Miles is averaging 11.9 points and 1.4 assists. Roy Hibbert is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Solomon Hill is shooting 39 percent from the field. The Indiana Pacers just can not get any consistency going on the offensive end, as they’ve scored less than 100 points in six of their last nine games and are coming off a loss to the Lakers where they shot just 36.7 percent from the field. The Pacers are back to playing elite level defense but continue to struggle scoring.
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The Utah Jazz are feeling good about themselves after winning six of their last 10 games. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 96.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 99.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 18.9 points and 4.1 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds. Trey Burke is dishing 5.1 assists and Rudy Gobert is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Utah Jazz have really turned up the pressure defensively during this stretch, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 41.1 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from deep in their last five games. The Jazz are playing their best ball of the season right now and it’s starting to result in some wins. Enes Kanter is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.
The Pacers are 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 road games and 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Pacers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Utah and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Jazz are catching the Pacers on a back-to-back and are currently playing their best ball of the season. I like the home team and the small number.