Indiana Pacers vs Utah Jazz Preview

Indiana Pacers vs Utah Jazz Preview

by Alma Bean

Feature Image: Photo by Stephen Maturen of Getty Images.

The Utah Jazz (13-11) takes on the fourth-best team in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers (12-9) to try and create a winning streak.

What to Look For

Utah coming off a great 125-112 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, they will look to continue this momentum against the fourth-best team in the east. Though Indiana is a top-10 team in PPG (115.6), they’re in the bottom five in field goal percentage (45%). Both Indiana and Utah attempt around 90 shots per game so the crowd can expect a high volume of shooting Friday night. If Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton can continue their positive offensive production, Utah should be in good hands for Friday.

Keys for the Game

Indiana is top-three in the league in assists per game (28 APG) behind Tyrese Haliburton, who leads the league in assists with 11.2 per game. Haliburton is also fifth in the league in steals per game with 1.8. Indiana is also backed by their defensive anchor Myles Turner who is second in the league in blocks per game with 2.6. Utah will need to focus on making smart passes given Indiana is in force with 15.4 turnovers a game and eight steals per game. Along with that, Utah will need to find a way to frustrate Haliburton to prevent him from facilitating the ball.

Injury Report

Indiana- Tyrese Haliburton: Game-Time Decision (groin), Chris Duarte: Out (ankle), Daniel Theis: Out (knee)

Utah- Mike Conley: Out (leg), Rudy Gay: Out (hand), Johnny Juzang: Out (wrist), Micah Potter: Out (G League)

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