After a poor showing in Los Angeles, the Pacers are faced with dragging home a 1-2 record with another loss against the Jazz. Both teams are playing on a back-to-back as Utah beat Dallas in OT on Friday night.
Indy natives George Hill and Gordon Hayward really make the Jazz run smoothly as they enter the game with a 28-16 record including a 7-1 stretch in their last eight after Hill returned fully from injuries that has forced him to miss 24 games so far. GHill is averaging a career-high 17.9 points and 4 assists per game. Former Butler and Brownsburg star, Hayward is averaging over 22 points and almost 6 rebounds per game.
But when healthy the Jazz present matchup problems with their size with Derrick Favors playing as a traditional big, power forward with center Rudy Gobert presenting an elite defensive presence around the rim.
The Pacers will have to play at a far higher level than they did in L.A. and they deliver a strong perimeter shooting night to give themselves a chance to win. But nothing will come easy in SLC. No doubt, George Hill will want to show is old team just how well his new team can play with him playing a big role.
The Pacers are still missing Rodney Stuckey (hammy) while the Jazz list Rodney Hood as questionable.
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