Utah Jazz vs Indiana Pacers Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 11-19-2018




Utah Jazz (7-8) vs Indiana Pacers (9-6)

Date : 11/19/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Utah Jazz vs Indiana Pacers

The Utah Jazz will travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, to battle the Indiana Pacers on Monday night beginning at 7 p.m. eastern time. The Jazz halted a two-game losing streak by beating the Boston Celtics on the road in the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday night by a 98-86 score.  Donovan Mitchell was the man of the hour with 28 points to lead the Jazz in the much-needed win as they began their current five-game road trip in winning fashion versus the Memphis Grizzlies on November 12th, however, lost their next two games versus the Dallas Mavericks along with the Philadelphia 76ers.

On the other hand the Pacers Have won two straight games along with three of their last four matchups with a 97-89 home win over the lowly Atlanta talks on Saturday night. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points in the win while also hitting a clutch 3-pointer late in the game in addition to sealing the game, altogether, for the Indiana Pacers with late free throws.  Unfortunately for the Pacers, their star, Victor Oladipo, was out for most of the game with a sore right knee.  

 

Utah Jazz's Latest Performance :

The Jazz have been hit-or-miss all season as they have found themselves in situations to where they were  on winning streaks, yet, only days later, finding themselves on losing streaks. In their last outing versus the Boston Celtics, they were able to halt a current two-game losing streak on the road, however, to where they have not played well on the year. Nonetheless, Donovan Mitchell led the team in scoring with 28 points while Ricky Rubio chipped in 20 points as the Jazz were able to upset the Boston Celtics on the road on Saturday night. They also put in a terrific defensive effort on this night as the Celtics were allowed to shoot only 39% from the field along with convert 15% of their 3-point attempts. Kyrie Irving was the leading scorer for the Celtics with 20 points along with eight rebounds on the night in going 8 for 16 for the night.

 

 

Indiana Pacers 's Latest Performance :

The Indiana Pacers have been resilient all season  and find themselves with a record of 10-6 on the year while currently being in second place within the Eastern Conference Central standings only behind the Milwaukee Bucks. Their rise to the top of the Central division can be very much attributed to their defensive effort as they are ranked number one in total points scored (101 points allowed per game) along with being first in the league in field goal percentage allowed per game with 43.2%.

Furthermore, in their last three wins, the Pacers have only allowed their opponents to score 96 points per game on average. And while their offense continues to struggle, at times, in averaging only 104 points per game this season, they may find themselves in need of more scoring production if Oladipo is not able to suit up soon.  Oladipo did not play much of the game in their last outing versus the Atlanta Hawks, as stated.  The Pacers shot 39% for the game, however, Indiana’s ability to shoot the 3 point shot (12 of 30)  along with their ability to rebound the ball was the ultimate catalyst for them picking up the much-needed win on Saturday night. In Oladipo’s absence, Myles Turner, Darren Collison, along with Tyreke Evans scored in double figures for the Pacers in the win.

 

How Utah Jazz & Indiana Pacers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Utah is 7-8 ATS while the OU is 10-5

Indiana is 8-7 ATS while the OU is 7-8

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This game will  be a grind out game to where both teams will  hunker down on the defensive end in which to get a much-needed win.  The Indiana Pacers, as stated, are ranked first in the league in points allowed as well as field goal percentage while the Utah Jazz are coming off a wonderful defensive performance versus Kyrie Irving in the Boston Celtics in their last outing. In all, look for this game to be a very interesting matchup to where both teams will certainly pull out all of the stops in which to get the win. Also, keep in mind that the Pacers are 2-4 ATS  in their last six home games while the Utah Jazz are 2-4 ATS in their last six Road games.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:    Utah Jazz

My reason for the pick :

 

 

While the Pacers will certainly come out for this matchup focused and ready to play, expect the Utah Jazz to build off of their last win over the Boston Celtics in which to pull out a close victory in this matchup. Victor Oladipo is questionable with a sore knee and is uncertain as to whether or not he will play in this matchup;  however, while the Pacers will certainly rely on their defense and which to get them through in this matchup, it will simply not be enough for a Utah team that will make critical baskets going down the stretch in which to win their second straight game.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Under

My reason for the prediction :

I will back the under in this contest as you have a Jazz team that is coming in with confidence after totally neutralizing the offense for Boston in their last outing. On the other hand you also have an Indiana Pacers team that has shown up on the defensive side all year long and has been very solid throughout the year. With that being the case, look for the score to remain low while the game remaining competitive throughout as I certainly see the total not surpassing its said limit in this contest on Monday night.

Betting trends for Utah Jazz:

  • The Jazz are 3-6 ATS in lst nine games

  • The 2-4 ATS in last six eoad games

  • The Over is 4-2 in Jazz last six games

Betting trends for Indiana Pacers :

  • The Under is 6-3 in Pacers last nine games

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.