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Oladipo on First All-Star Selection

Jan. 24, 2018 - Pacers guard Victor Oladipo shares his reaction after being selected as an All-Star for the first time in his five-year NBA career.

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Oladipo on First All-Star Selection

Jan. 24, 2018 - Pacers guard Victor Oladipo shares his reaction after being selected as an All-Star for the first time in his five-year NBA career.
Jan 24, 2018  |  03:46

Myles Turner Gives Update on His Elbow

Jan. 23, 2018 - After going through practice on Tuesday, Pacers center Myles Turner gives an update on the right elbow injury that has kept him out of the last seven games and his status for Wednesday's game against the Suns.
Jan 23, 2018  |  01:10

McMillan, Turner on Why Oladipo Deserves to be an All-Star

Jan. 23, 2018 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan and center Myles Turner share why they believe Pacers guard Victor Oladipo deserves to be named an All-Star for the first time in his career.
Jan 23, 2018  |  01:17

Game Preview: Pacers vs Suns

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

Last Updated: Jan. 24 at 4:30 PM ET

Matchup

Funny what a difference a game can make.

After losing two straight games, the Pacers seemed on their way to dropping a third as they travelled to San Antonio to face the Spurs. But Indiana surprised, pulling out a victory to complete a season sweep of San Antonio and cap its five-game road trip with a 3-2 record.

Now the Pacers (25-22) return home to face a Suns (17-30) team that they dominated just 10 days earlier in a 120-97 victory.

Indiana was without starting center Myles Turner for the duration of the road trip, and his absence was felt on defense. Over the course of the five games, Indiana averaged just 2.4 blocks per game, the lowest figure in the NBA in that span.

But even without the blocks, the Pacers' team defense remained strong on the trip, allowing just 99.7 points per 100 possessions, the fifth best mark in the league.

One of the areas that the Pacers have been strongest in all season has hit a snag, as the team's 3-point shooting crashed during the team's road trip. During their West Coast swing, the Pacers connected on just 31.9 percent of their looks from downtown.

As the Pacers look to build momentum in the crowded Eastern Conference race, Phoenix offers the type of matchup that the Pacers are supposed to take advantage of. Including a loss on Monday in Milwaukee, the Suns have dropped seven of their last 10 games.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Cory Joseph, SG - Victor Oladipo, SF - Bojan Bogdanovic, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Domantas Sabonis
Suns: PG - Tyler Ulis, SG - Devin Booker, SF - TJ Warren, PF - Dragan Bender, C - Tyson Chandler

Injury Report

Pacers: Darren Collison - out (personal reasons), Myles Turner - out (right elbow ligament sprain and muscle strain), Glenn Robinson III - out (left ankle surgery rehabilitation)

Suns: Marquese Chriss - out (right hip strain), Brandon Knight - out (left ACL tear), Alan Williams - out (right meniscus repair)

Last Meeting

January 14, 2018: Indiana opened up its five-game road trip on the right note, blowing out the Suns 120-97.

As a team, the Pacers shot 54 percent from the field and drained 11-of-23 3-point shots.

"We wanted to start this road trip off right," said Pacers head coach Nate McMillan. "I thought defensively we were focused making them earn everything they got. Offensively we had good ball movement and we were pretty consistent with that for 48 minutes."

Victor Oladipo racked up 17 points and was only needed for 21 minutes of action as Indiana took a 99-66 lead into the fourth quarter of the comfortable victory.

Noteworthy

  • The Suns lead the all-time series, 48-38.
  • Indiana has won four of the last five meetings with Phoenix.
  • Pacers forward Alex Poythress and Suns guard Tyler Ulis were teammates at Kentucky.

Tickets

The Pacers return from their five-game road trip to face Devin Booker and the Suns on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.

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