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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Indiana Pacers vs. Utah Jazz

January 15, 2024


The Indiana Pacers will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to face the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center with the game scheduled to start at 9:00 PM ET on Monday night and will air on Bally Sports Indiana.



The Indiana Pacers play at one of the fastest tempos in the NBA which leads them to be the highest-scoring team in the league with an average of 126.13 points per game. The offense has played a pivotal role in the success the Pacers have had this season and they enter this game with a record of 23-16 which puts them in 6th place in the Eastern Conference, however, they are coming off a 109-117 loss on the road against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday which also ended their three-game winning streak. 



However, Indiana has also been one of the worst defensive teams in the league as they are allowing the 3rd most points per game in the NBA with an average of 123.38 points allowed per game. Tyrese Haliburton will be out for this game and his absence over the next few weeks could be critical for the Pacers as he has been the main catalyst for the success they have had offensively as he leads the team in scoring and assists with an average of 23.6 points and 12.5 assists per game. The Indiana Pacers will look to bounce back following the loss against the Denver Nuggets when they travel to face the Utah Jazz.



The Jazz enter this game in 9th place in the Western Conference with a record of 21-20 while having won eight of their last nine games and are on a five-game winning streak following a 132-125 win at home against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. Utah has been a below-average team defensively as they are allowing an average of 118.49 points per game which is more than the league average of 115.67 points per game, however, they have been a slightly above-average team offensively as they enter this game averaging 116.41 points per game. 



Lauri Markkanen leads the team in scoring and rebounds while being 2nd on the team in steals with an average of 23.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 0.94 steals per game. The Utah Jazz will look to extend their winning streak to six games when they host the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.



BookMaker has the Utah Jazz listed as 7.5-point favorites at home against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. The teams are 5-5 in the last ten while Utah has won two of the previous three meetings. The Pacers are 6-4 ATS in the last ten while the Jazz have covered the spread in two of the previous three games in the series. The Indiana Pacers are 23-16-1 ATS overall, 10-7 ATS on the road, and 13-9 ATS as an underdog this season while the Utah Jazz are 24-16-1 ATS overall, 15-4 ATS at home, and 6-2 ATS as a favorite on the year.



The Utah Jazz are one of the hottest teams in the NBA as they enter this game having won eight of their last nine games and are on a five-game winning streak while also having been one of the best teams at covering the spread this season in the NBA as they are 24-16-1 ATS overall and 15-4 ATS at home. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the Utah Jazz when they host the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. 

Spooky Express Pick: Utah Jazz -7