Indiana Pacers vs Utah Jazz Prediction, Preview and Odds - 12/02/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 9:00 pm ET, Friday, December 2, 2022
Venue:  Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Where to Watch:  Sportsnet RM

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Pacers +5, Jazz -5; Over/Under:  239.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Pacers +5, Jazz -5; Over/Under:  239.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Pacers +5, Jazz -5; Over/Under:  239.5 points
 

Season Record

Indiana Pacers:  12-9 (3rd place, Central Division)
Utah Jazz:  13-11 (2nd place, Northwest Division)
 
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Recent Form
Indiana Pacers:  7-3 last 10
Utah Jazz:  3-7 last 10

 

Indiana Pacers vs Utah Jazz Preview and Analysis

 
The Pacers are coming into this game with a 12-9 record overall and they are 5-5 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game off of a loss against the Sacramento Kings in their last game. Jalen Smith and Bennedict Mathurin each led the team in points in that game with 22 while Buddy Hield was next on the team with 17 points. Tyrese Haliburton and T. J. McConnell each led the team in assists in that game with 10 while Jalen Smith, Myles Turner, and Isaiah Jackson each led the team in rebounds with 6. They were 40% from the field, 32.4% from 3-point range, and 73.3% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 115.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 115.4 PPG against them. The Pacers have an ATS record of 13-8 this season and their O/U record is 10-10-1.
 
 
 
The Jazz are coming into this game with a 13-11 record overall and they are 7-3 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game off of a win against the Los Angeles Clippers in their last game. Jordan Clarkson led the team in points in that game with 33 while Lauri Markkanen was next on the team with 23 points. Collin Sexton led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Jarred Vanderbilt led the team in rebounds with 12. They were 54.9% from the field, 43.8% from 3-point range, and 75% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 117 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 115.4 PPG against them. The Jazz have an ATS record of 14-10 this season and their O/U record is 13-11.

 

Pacers vs Jazz Prediction

The current betting odds have the Jazz listed as a 5 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Jazz were a team that got off to a very hot start at the beginning of the season but they have started to fade since then. They have been struggling to win a lot of games now as they have really been dropping in the standings but they also got a nice bounce back win at home the other night and should have some momentum now for this game. The Pacers were also on a bit of a run recently but their good fortunes have also come to an end now as they have struggled to win their last few road games. The jazz have a lot of better pieces on their team than the Pacers do and the Jazz also have the advantage of being at home here where the air is much thinner. The Pacers were playing well but they are starting to regress right now as their team is not as good as they have been playing as of late. The best way to place a bet here is on the Jazz to cover the spread in this game.
 
Pacers Jazz Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Friday, December 2, 2022 (9:00 pm ET start time) is Jazz 125 Pacers 115.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
Indiana Pacers: 14-28 ATS after playing 2 consecutive road games. 105-71 OVER in all games. 40-16 OVER when the total is greater than or equal to 230. 
Utah Jazz: 31-18 ATS off a home win by 10 points or more. 30-22 ATS after playing 2 consecutive home games. 11-4 OVER after 3 straight games where they made 47% of their shots or better. 
 

Key Injuries

 
Indiana Pacers:  J. Smith (PF) Ques Fri - Face. D. Theis (PF) Out indefinitely - Knee. C. Duarte (SG) Mid Dec - Ankle.
Utah Jazz:  J. Juzang (SG) Ques Fri - Wrist. R. Gay (SF) Mid Dec - Hand. M. Conley (PG) Mid Dec - Leg.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
“Tough game. This game is on me. I didn’t have them prepared for what was coming.” - Rick Carlisle after his team’s loss against the Kings in their game on Wednesday.
 
 
“They threw a big punch in the second quarter and our guys came out of halftime with the appropriate energy and focus.” - Will Hardy after his team’s win against the Clippers in their game on Wednesday.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Indiana Pacers
PG Tyrese Haliburton 
SG Andrew Nembhard 
SF Buddy Hield
PF Jalen Smith
C Myles Turner
 
Utah Jazz
PG Collin Sexton
SG Jordan Clarkson
SF Lauri Markkanen
PF Jarred Vanderbilt
C Kelly Olynyk
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Indiana Pacers
PPG: T. Haliburton (19.3)
APG: T. Haliburton (11.2)
Reb/G: M. Turner (8.3)
 
Utah Jazz
PPG: L. Markkanen (22.2)
APG: M. Conley (7.9)
Reb/G: L. Markkanen (8.5)
 
Coaches:
Indiana Pacers: Rick Carlisle (2nd season)
Utah Jazz: Will Hardy (1st season)
 


Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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