Indiana Pacers (42-26) at Phoenix Suns (29-39)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Visa Athletic Center)
The Line: Phoenix Suns +3 -- Over/Under: 228.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns meet Thursday in NBA action at the Visa Athletic Center.
The Indiana Pacers look to keep the ball rolling after winning five of their last six games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 109.8 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting. TJ Warren is averaging 19.7 points and four rebounds while Victor Oladipo is averaging 13.8 points and 2.9 assists. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Doug McDermott is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game.
The Phoenix Suns look to improve their playoff odds with a victory here and to improve 4-0 in the NBA bubble. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 112.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 113.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 26.3 points and 6.5 assists while Deandre Ayton is averaging 18.8 points and 11.7 rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Ricky Rubio is dishing 8.8 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 82.9 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game.
The Pacers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Pacers last 6 overall. The over is 5-2 in Suns last 7 overall. The Pacers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Phoenix and 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
This should be a fun battle between two teams that are undefeated in the bubble and having a lot to play for. The Pacers are fighting for seeding in the East, while the Suns need to keep winning just to give themselves a shot at a playoff spot. As well as the Pacers have played and with Warren looking like Michael Jordan, I still think reality will set in for this club eventually. The Suns are a young team that we've backed a lot in the bubble and are a club I expected to thrive under these circumstances. Beating the Clippers on a game winner only improves this teams confidence.
Give me the Suns and the free bucket.