Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Game Preview: IND vs UTA

by Scott Agness | December 19, 2012

Matchup

The Pacers and Jazz are comparable teams. They have similar records, preach the team concept, have an emphasis on rebounding and they each lack a "superstar" player. Also, both teams are in the top half of the league and desiring to make the next jump.

Five (and almost six) Jazz players average in double figures, led by Al Jefferson who, as of Tuesday, had 13 double-doubles. Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors are three interior players who get after it on the offensive glass, which is why as a team, they are top-three in the NBA in that category.

Outside of the paint, the Pacers must be aware of scorers Mo Williams and Gordon Hayward at all times. Hayward is, of course, from Brownsburg, attended Butler and is now in his third-year with the Jazz. Although he’s not in the starting lineup, he receives those type of minutes.

There are a handful of connections with the Jazz team in addition to Hayward. Guard Earl Watson appeared in 79 games (52 starts) with the Pacers in the 2009-10 season. Jamaal Tinsley played seven seasons with the Pacers but the final years with the team were sour, for both sides. Also, Jazz assistant coaches Sidney Lowe (1983-84) and Michael Sanders (1989-92) each played for the Pacers.

Probable Starters

Pacers

Bucks

  • C – Al Jefferson
  • F – Paul Millsap
  • F – Marvin Williams
  • G – Randy Foye
  • G – Mo Williams

Injury Update

Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)
Jazz: Raja Bell (not with team)

Noteworthy

  • Wednesday is the Pacers’ only home contest during a five-game period.
  • Utah will be the Pacers’ 13th Western Conference opponent in the first 26 games.
  • The Jazz have won eight of the last 11 meetings.
  • The Jazz have lost their previous three games on the second night of a back-to-back.
  • The Jazz are 9-0 when they outscore their opponent in the paint.
  • Miles Plumlee was recalled from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League today. In five games with the Mad Ants, Plumlee has averaged 14.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Last Meeting

The Pacers faced the Jazz just once last year and won at home 104-99. The Pacers blew a 21-point lead and the Jazz went back on top in the fourth quarter. Danny Granger carried the Pacers to the finish line, though, scoring 12 of his 16 points in the final period to help secure the win.

Darren Collison scored a game-high 25 points and had five assists while Roy Hibbert finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Millsap recorded a double-double (18 points and 10 rebounds), Al Jefferson scored 16 points and Gordon Hayward chipped in 11.

The Jazz went 36-30 last season and made the playoffs, but were swept by top-seeded San Antonio in the first round.

Broadcast Information | Find Local Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Michael Grady (host)

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