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Phoenix Suns vs. Indiana Pacers Predictions and Preview for 1/14/2022

Phoenix Suns takes on Indiana Pacers on 1/14/2022 at 07:00 PM.

The Phoenix Suns and Indiana Pacers face off in an important game for both teams. Phoenix Suns has a record of 31-9 this regular season. Indiana Pacers is 15-27 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Phoenix Suns Team Defense Preview




They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 104.8 would certainly justify such praise. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the NBA. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Phoenix Suns Team Offense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 111.9, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .571 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .539, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .358 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made .369 of their shots from three point range. They are an above average three point shooting team. They made .803 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are an above average Free Throw shooting team.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 22.3% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

Indiana Pacers Team Defense Preview

You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 110.7, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Indiana Pacers Team Offense Preview


You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 110.2, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .555 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .522, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .405 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .323 of their shots from three point range. This team is dreadful from beyond the arc, they have shooters, but they need makers. They made .774 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They successfully retrieved 24.0% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

The Phoenix Suns Roster

The Players to Watch for Phoenix Suns

Mikal Bridges 6-6 209 SF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Chris Paul 6-0 175 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Devin Booker 6-5 206 SG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Indiana Pacers Roster

The Players to Watch for Indiana Pacers

Domantas Sabonis 6-11 240 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

Getting to the rim is important to him. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. Getting to the Free Throw Line is an important part of his game. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Myles Turner 6-11 250 C

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Justin Holiday 6-6 180 SF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Phoenix Suns vs. Indiana Pacers Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Phoenix Suns 108 Indiana Pacers 110

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