The Indiana Pacers will look to continue their winning ways when they take on the Phoenix Suns in NBA action on Saturday night. The Pacers (17-29), who have won two straight, have won their last six games played at Phoenix and eight of the past 12. The team, however, will be without a number of key players, including power forward Domantas Sabonis (ankle) and center Myles Turner (left foot). The Suns (35-9), who have won eight of nine, including five in a row, are 17-5 on their home court this season, best in the league. Deandre Ayton (ankle) is out for Phoenix.
The game from Footprint Center in Phoenix is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. The Pacers are averaging 108.3 points per game this season, while the Suns average 112.5. Phoenix is an 11.5-point favorite in the latest Pacers vs. Suns odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 220. Before making any Suns vs. Pacers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Pacers vs. Suns spread: Suns -11.5
- Pacers vs. Suns over-under: 220 points
- Pacers vs. Suns money line: Pacers +550, Suns -800
- IND: The Pacers are 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 Saturday games
- PHO: The Suns are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall
Why the Suns can cover
Shooting guard Devin Booker is averaging 35.3 points on 50.5 field goal percentage, 4.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists over the last four games. Booker posted 28 points, six assists and five rebounds in Thursday night's win at Dallas. In his last game against Indiana on Jan. 14, he scored a game-high 35 points to go along with four rebounds. In 13 career games against the Pacers, Booker is averaging 19.6 points, 5.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds.
Small forward Mikal Bridges averages 12 points, four rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He is connecting on 50.5 percent of his field goals, including 37.7 percent from 3-point range, and 85.5 percent from the free throw line. He scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out six assists and had four steals at Dallas on Thursday. Bridges is the only NBA player to not miss a game over the past three seasons.
Why the Pacers can cover
Despite that, Phoenix isn't a lock to cover the Pacers vs. Suns spread. That's because Indiana has six players averaging in double figures, including shooting guard Chris Duarte, who tied a career high with 27 points in the win over Golden State on Thursday. It was his third game in a row reaching double digits and the 28th time he has accomplished that this season. He is averaging 17.3 points in the first three games of the West Coast swing and is averaging 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game on the year.
Small forward Justin Holiday has reached double-figure scoring in seven straight games, including a 16-point performance in the overtime win at Golden State. In the first meeting with the Suns at Indianapolis, Holiday poured in 25 points in a 112-94 loss on Jan. 14. He has been on fire from long range, and has made 18 3-pointers over the last four games with at least three in each. He is the only Pacers player to appear in every game over his first two seasons with Indiana.
How to make Pacers vs. Suns picks
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