Phoenix Suns vs. Indiana Pacers Pick – NBA January 14, 2022

The Phoenix Suns and Indiana Pacers are on the court at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday night. Phoenix continues their road trip after a 99-95 win at Toronto on Tuesday.

They’ve had an extended break since that win, which was a hard-nosed win for the Suns in the final seconds. Devin Booker had to knock down a couple of clutch free throws and make it past the Raptors’ mascot en route to a 4-point win.

Booker didn’t take too nicely to the mascot trying to distract him and had the referee send the Raptor to the corner. Come on, Book. That shouldn’t be a cause for distraction with seconds left in a close game. He’s a fine player but focus in a little better than worrying about a mascot.

With the win, the Suns advanced to 31-9 on the season and won four of their previous five attempts. All five scorers got into the double digits for the Suns in the win. The Raptors were shorthanded without Scottie Barnes in that matchup.

The Suns are off to Indiana, where the 15-27 Pacers await. The Pacers are in a tailspin with losses in eight of their last nine outings. They are coming off a 119-100 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

The Pacers were beaten in back-to-back home and home games after beating the Jazz, 125-113. The win over the Jazz was expected to get them going, but it did nothing, as they got right back to losing.

Malcolm Brogdon made his return to the court in their most recent outing. The Pacers are in desperate need of a healthy Brogdon. However, he re-injured his Achilles in the loss and could be unavailable tonight. Brogdon is listed as questionable on the injury report.

Head below for our free Suns vs. Pacers prediction on January 14, 2022.

Phoenix Suns vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Phoenix Suns -5.5 (-110) -220 Over 219.5 (-110)
Indiana Pacers +5.5 (-110) +180 Under 219.5 (-110)
Team Data Phoenix Suns Indiana Pacers
Overall Record 31-9 15-27
ATS Record 21-19-0 20-20-2
Away/Home Record 14-4 12-11
ATS Away/Home 10-8-0 13-9-1
Points Per Game 111.8 107.7
Points Against Per Game 104.8 108.1
Field Goal % 47.3 45.7
Three Point % 36.9 32.3

Suns vs. Pacers Prediction:

Malcolm Brogdon is an important piece on the floor for the Pacers. He is averaging 18.5 points and 5.9 assists per game on 44.6% shooting this season. They need a healthy Brogdon, or it’s going to be tough for the Pacers to win consistently.

Brogdon scored 21.2 points a game and shot 45.4% from the field last year. He injured his Achilles on December 21, and the Pacers have been in freefall since around that time.

The Pacers have won just two of nine games, one of which was against the lowly Rockets. He recorded 6 points in 17 minutes against the Celtics before re-aggravating his ankle. Even if Brogdon plays tonight, it doesn’t appear he’s going to be at full health.

Against an aggressive defense like the Suns, it could prove to be difficult to overcome. The Suns are third-best in the NBA with a field goal percentage against of 43.7%. Teams are shooting just 32.8% from three versus the Suns.

The Pacers have connected at a nominal rate of 32.3% from the three-point stripe for 28th this season. Removing Brogdon from the floor doesn’t help matters for the Pacers.


Phoenix Suns vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Trends:

Suns

  • 7-2 ATS in their previous nine games versus a team with a losing record
  • 7-3 ATS in their previous ten games versus a team with a winning percentage worse than 40%
  • 5-0 overall in their previous five games on the road
  • UNDER is 7-1 in their previous eight games on two-day rest
  • UNDER is 6-2-1 in their previous nine games on the road

Pacers

  • 4-0 ATS in their previous four games as an underdog at Indiana
  • 7-3-1 ATS in their previous 11 games at Indiana
  • 1-8 overall in their previous nine games
  • 3-7 ATS in their previous ten games versus the Suns at Indiana
  • UNDER is 12-4 in their previous 16 games as an underdog

The Suns haven’t been at their best recently. Phoenix are winners in four of their last five attempts, though a loss to Miami on January 8, 123-100, and struggled to put the Raptors away.

They’ve had a nice break to go over those games, though, and the Brogdon injury really changes the complexion of this one. Indiana has been just below average on both ends of the floor, and without Brogdon, they are well below average.

Overall, the Pacers are 17th in the NBA, with 108.1 points per game. The Pacers are shooting 46.4% from the field for 23rd in the league. They aren’t making the most of their freebies at the free-throw line either, with a success rate of 78.9%.

Phoenix goes into this one with 111.8 points per game and a 47.3% field goal percentage for third in the NBA. They are superior from three, 36.9% three-point percentage, and the charity stripe, 80.3%.

How much do the Suns care tonight? After a sloppy performance versus the Heat and Raptors, there will be some incentive to play better off a break tonight. I’m on the Suns to edge ahead for an 8 or 10-point win.

MORE FREE SPORTS BETTING PICKS!

Suns vs. Pacers Pick
PHOENIX SUNS -5.5
Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.