Saturday, January 26th at 9:30 PM EST at Energy Solutions Arena
Game Preview: IND at UTA
by Scott Agness | January 23, 2013 | Updated January 26, 1:10 PM
The Utah Jazz open a four-game home stand when they host the Pacers on Saturday night. Unlike the Jazz, who’ll play Friday night in Los Angeles, the Pacers, coming over from Portland, will have two days between games. Although the Pacers are on a nine day road trip, their games are reasonably spaced out with no back-to-backs.
Pacers Weekly: Frank Vogel
The Jazz had won four in a row, including a seven-point victory over the Heat on Monday, but then fell last night on the road to the Lakers by 18. They’re three games over .500 which has them seventh in the Western Conference standings. The Jazz are 14-4 at EnergySolutions Arena this season and they haven’t lost to the Pacers at home since 2005.
Point guard Mo Williams has been out since mid-December when he injured his right thumb in a loss to Miami, thus upgrading Jamaal Tinsley to the starting lineup. The former Pacer is a big reason while the Jazz are playing so well in January. He’s started in each of the last 15 games and recorded his best career-numbers since his last season with the Pacers, in 2007-08. Another Jazz player with Indiana ties, Gordon Hayward, has performed very well since the New Year. He’s averaging over 14 points and almost three assists and three steals per game while shooting 45 percent.
The focal point for the Jazz is with their inside game, utilizing Al Jefferson (17 points, 10 rebounds per game) and Paul Millsap (15 points, eight rebounds). In their first meeting with the Pacers this season, they were held to a combined 11 points on 3-of-15 shooting. Derrick Favors can come in and pick up right where those two left off. Indiana’s defense, with David West and Roy Hibbert plugging the middle, will want to limit their touches and always know where they’re at.
Also, it’ll be incredibly important for there to be no drop off when the Pacers go to their reserves because Utah’s bench has been notably resilient. Should the Pacers get in front by double-digits, they can’t let up on the gas because the Jazz have come back from 10+ points down a league-high 10 times.
The Jazz are scoring over 98 points per game, while the Pacers are holding their opponents, on average, to 89. Indiana will try to sweep the season-series with the Jazz and beat them for the third-straight time.
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)
Jazz: Mo Williams (out, right thumb surgery), Raja Bell (not with them)
- Utah has won their last five home games.
- In six of the last eight games, Paul George has led the Pacers in rebounding. two seasons.
- Jamaal Tinsley played for the Pacers from 2001-09.
In a 104-84 route, the Pacers easily defeated the Utah Jazz at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in mid-December. They got off to a rousing start, tallying 31 points and shooting 62 percent in the first quarter. A brutal second quarter did the visitors in, as the Jazz connected on just 3 of their 23 shots. The Pacers led by as many as 32 and cruised to the victory, which was on the front end of their first four-game winning-streak of the season.
The Pacers dominated the paint, +11 on rebounds and 52-28 in points in the paint.
Gerald Green went 7-of-12 from the field and scored a season-high 21 points. Paul George finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Derrick Favors led the Jazz with 16 points and nine rebounds. Mo Williams was the only Jazz starter in double-figures with 11.
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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), Michael Grady (host)
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