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Game Thread #17: Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz

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9-7 14-5
December 1, 2010 - 9:00PM EST
EnergySolutions Arena
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Darren Collison PG Deron Williams
Mike Dunleavy SG Raja Bell
Danny Granger SF Andrei Kirilenko
Josh McRoberts PF Paul Millsap
Roy Hibbert C Al Jefferson

The Indiana Pacers move east a time zone tonight as they continue their four-game road trip in Salt Lake City where they take on the Utah Jazz.

While all of the indicators pointed toward a win last night for the Pacers, the opposite is true tonight considering the Pacers are playing on back-to-back nights, their third game in four nights against a strong and long Jazz team that could handle the Pacers' on their best day. Add the fact that Danny Granger played 40 minutes last night through a bout of the flu and this game certainly shapes up as an uphill battle. The only positive is that the low expectations should allow the Blue and Gold to let it all hang out and see what happens.

The Jazz have some familiar faces with former Pacers guard, Earl Watson playing a solid role off the bench. Also, local legend and rookie, Gordon Hayward will face his hometown team, although Hayward is only seeing mop-up minutes.

It seems like good news to know that Mehmet Okur remains out of the lineup for the Jazz since Okur has killed the Pacers in recent seasons. Unfortunately, the Jazz are long and athletic in the front court with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko available to cause problems for the Pacers.

For a Utah perspective, check out SLC Dunk. Here's the Pacers.com preview.

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