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Pacers home to Suns in NBA betting action

Phoenix SunsIndiana Pacers
27-18January 30, 2014, 07:00 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse35-9

The Pacers hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Thursday as the Suns pay a visit to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in NBA betting action.

The Suns will try to spoil the party on Thursday; they are 29-14-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Pacers are 29-15 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Phoenix is 25-20 on the totals; Indiana is 18-25-1.

View Phoenix Suns vs Indiana Pacers Odds and Stats.

The Pacers were listed as a -8.5-point Favorite at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), while the total was listed at 199 over at 5Dimes earlier.

The Pacers - Suns odds would favor the Pacers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Indiana is rated No. 1 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Suns sit at No. 4. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 99-95 win for the Pacers.

Phoenix won its last outing, a 126-117 result against the Bucks on January 29. The Suns covered in that game as an 8.5-point favorite, while the 243 combined points took the game OVER the total. Goran Dragic went off for 30 points and added 4 rebounds leading Phoenix to a 126-117 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday at Bradley Center.

The Pacers were a 104-92 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Lakers. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (196) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Pacers got 19 points from David West as Indiana ran past Los Angeles 104-92 on Tuesday at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Indiana's No. 20-ranked offense (98.73 PPG) against a Suns defense that ranks No. 20 at 101.56 PPG. The Pacers have averaged 45.54% from the field per game, less than the Suns have managed so far this season (45.85% on average).

A few Suns at Pacers trends to consider:
Phoenix is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games
Phoenix is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Phoenix is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Indiana
Phoenix is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing Indiana
Indiana is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Indiana is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 8 games
Indiana is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Phoenix home to Charlotte, Saturday, February 1st
Indiana home to Brooklyn, Saturday, February 1st