Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Pacers vs Jazz Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Indiana Pacers taking on the Utah Jazz on Saturday December 5th at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Indiana Pacers (12-6) vs. Utah Jazz (8-9)
Date: Saturday December 5
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Betting Odds: Indiana -2
NBA Betting Total: 195.5
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The Pacers look to bounce back from a rare loss as they head into Utah to take on the Jazz Saturday night.
Indiana failed to build off their win over the Clippers as they dropped the 2nd leg of a back-to-back against Portland.
Utah nearly ended Golden State’s perfect run, but came up just short and then followed that up with a loss to Orlando to put them back under .500.
The Pacers suffered their 3rd loss since the start of November as they showed signs of fatigue in their loss to Portland. The Trail Blazers used their speed to wear down the Pacers in the 2nd half, ultimately ending their hot streak.
Indiana has been most successful this season thanks to Paul George. George has averaged 30.7 points in his last 13 games and was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month.
However, George was ice cold against Portland as he shot just 4 of 17 from the field and finished with only 11 points. He also shot 0 for 9 from behind the arc. Prior to his 0 for 9 showing, George shot 51.5 percent from 3 point range in that 13 game span.
Also benefiting from Paul George has been CJ Miles. The SG hit 8 of 11 threes he shot last game and has been a major contributor to the Pacers success. On the season, Miles has averaged 15.8 points and has shot 45% from behind the arc.
Utah really doesn’t a have a player that can take a game over and hasn’t had that clutch go to player down the stretch of games.
They’ve won games the old fashion way this season with solid defense and working the ball around on offense. Their defense has slacked in back-to-back losses as they’ve allowed 104.5 points per game.
Utah nearly knocked off Golden State, but Steph Curry went off in the final couple minutes and they fell short by 3 points. They clearly had a hangover effect in their lost to Orlando the following game.
Rudy Gobert has been one of the major forces on defense for Utah. However, their struggles recently on defense have a lot to do with his absence.
Gobert suffered an MCL Sprain and is out indefinitely, leaving the Jazz to look elsewhere for a defense presence.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Pacers are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
- Pacers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- Jazz are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss.
- Jazz are 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free NBA Prediction:
The Pacers have been a reliable team all season long. Expect a very solid bounce back performance from George and company here against Utah.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Indiana ATS
With Gobert out, the Jazz defense is completely different. Look for the Pacers to expose that missing gap and grab a road win here on Saturday.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana 107- Utah 100
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