In Indianapolis on Wednesday evening, the Jazz and Pacers square off. On Monday, Utah suffered their third consecutive defeat, 130-113, away to Chicago. On Monday evening, Indiana dominated San Antonio, winning 152-111.
The Jazz’s defensive performance needs to improve if Utah wants to be competitive for a playoff place in April. They are giving up 120.1 points per contest on average, which is 26th out of 30 teams in the league. Utah is allowing a 27th-ranked field goal percentage of 49.4% and a 13th-ranked three-point percentage of 35.3% to their opponents. Lauri Markkanen, who leads the Jazz with 24 points and 8.8 rebounds per match, chose to take it by himself to make an effort to guide the team. As of now, the Utah forward has paced the club in scoring a total of 6 times and boasts 4 double-doubles to his credit. John Collins, a forward, leads the team in scoring with 14.8 points per match and rebounds with 8.5.
With 124.9 points per match on average, Indiana leads the NBA in scoring, helped by their 155 points over San Antonio on Monday. Indiana shoots 39.2% three-pointers and 49.6% field goals, which ranks them in third and fourth place respectively. Tyrese Halliburton leads the club in scoring per contest with 24.0 points and shooting 40.0% from three-point range and 49.0% overall. Having a scoring average of 16.4 points per contest while shooting 52.6%, Myles Turner is the second-highest scorer. In terms of assists, Halliburton leads having 11.7 assists per match on average. The Pacers are allowing opponents to score 121.7 points per contest on defense, which is the third-highest average in the NBA. In the current campaign, opponents are shooting 39.2% from deep and 48.4% from the field over them. Indiana is ranked #2 within the Central Division after taking home victories in three of their most recent matches.
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Sacramento Utah Jazz vs Indiana Pacers Game Information
- Date: 1/08/2023
- Time: 07:10 PM ET
- Location: Kaseya Center, Miami, FL.
- How to Watch Utah Jazz vs Indiana Pacers: TNT
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass