Pacers vs Suns

Practice: Pacers Focused on Protecting Paint

January 14, 2019 - After practice on Monday, Pacers forward Thaddeus Young and head coach Nate McMillan talked about the importance of protecting the paint.

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Practice: Pacers Focused on Protecting Paint

January 14, 2019 - After practice on Monday, Pacers forward Thaddeus Young and head coach Nate McMillan talked about the importance of protecting the paint.
Jan 14, 2019  |  01:22

Turner: "I Felt Good Today"

January 13, 2019 - Pacers forward Myles Turner, who has missed the last four games with a sore right shoulder, talked about practicing in full on Sunday and addressed his availability for Tuesday's game against Phoenix.
Jan 13, 2019  |  01:28

Pacers Veterans on TJ Leaf's Development

Jan. 14, 2019 - Pacers co-captains Victor Oladipo and Thaddeus Young discuss the development of second-year forward TJ Leaf, who recently was reinserted into Indiana's rotation.
Jan 14, 2019  |  01:32

Game Preview: Pacers vs Suns

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

Last Updated: Jan. 15 at 2:00 PM ET

Matchup

After returning from their five-game road trip with a 3-2 mark, the Pacers look to continue their winning ways back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as they begin a crucial five-game homestand.

The action starts on Tuesday, when the Pacers (28-14) matchup with a Phoenix Suns (11-33) team that has surprised of late, winning two of its last three games, including taking down the West-leading Denver Nuggets without the services of Devin Booker (back spasms).

Despite what has been a challenging season thus far for the Suns, Phoenix has gotten consistently impressive play from top-overall pick Deandre Ayton, who leads all rookies with 10.7 rebounds and is second in points with 16.6 per game.

With the team's leading scorer, Devin Booker, listed as questionable, slowing down Ayton should be priority number one for the Pacers as they look to capture their 15th home victory over the season.

During Indiana's sometimes challenging road trip, defense proved to be an issue as the Pacers allowed three consecutive opponents to rack up over 115 points. That trend, however, was reversed during the final stop of the Pacers' road trip as Indiana was able to beat the Knicks easily, winning 121-106.

With the team still on a roll, the Pacers face a difficult homestand, with four of the five opponents currently fighting for playoff position in their respective conferences.

The only one of the teams not in the playoff race is Phoenix, making it all the more important for the Pacers to open up their homestand with a victory.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Darren Collison, SG - Victor Oladipo, SF - Bojan Bogdanovic, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Domantas Sabonis
Suns: PG - De'Anthony Melton, SG - Josh Jackson, SF - Mikal Bridges, PF - T.J. Warren, C - Deandre Ayton

Injury Report

Pacers: Myles Turner - questionable (sore right shoulder), Darren Collison - questionable (sore right leg), Cory Joseph - questionable (bruised right thigh)

Suns: Devin Booker - questionable (back spasms)

Last Meeting

November 27, 2018: With the game on the line, the Pacers came up huge in the clutch, as Myles Turner and Bojan Bogdanovic each hit critical 3-pointers down the stretch to help Indiana close out a 109-104 win on the road.

"We didn't want to lose, as simple as that," Darren Collison said.

Domantas Sabonis and Doug McDermott led the Pacers in scoring with 21 points each. Myles Turner finished with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.

For Phoenix, T.J. Warren led the way with 25 points. Devin Booker scored 20 and Deandre Ayton had 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Noteworthy

  • Devin Booker has missed the last three games with back spasms.
  • Phoenix leads the all-time series 48-40, but the Pacers have won four straight against the Suns.
  • Indiana is looking to sweep the regular season series over Phoenix for the third time in four years.

Tickets

After a five-game road trip, the Pacers return home to face the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, Jan. 15 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 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.

Planet Fitness Cooling Towel Giveaway

The first 6,000 fans in attendance for the game receive a co-branded Pacers and Planet Fitness cooling towel.

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