The Pacers normally bounce back pretty well after a lackluster performance but that trend will be tested on Monday night when they host the Utah Jazz after taking a 25-point loss in Toronto on Sunday.
The Jazz have been in Indy for a couple of days and are looking to bounce back from losing their last two game in Cleveland and Chicago. Oh, and George Hill will make his return to BLF with the Jazz who beat the Pacers in Salt Lake City, 109-100 in January. Hill scored what was then a season-high 30 points (G3 has since scored 34 points in a game). Also, the Brownsburg mafia will be out for Gordon Hayward as the Jazz may have more local fans than the Pacers considering the up and down play by the Blue and Gold of late.
After alternating between wins and losses for the past 13 games, adding another game to that trend sounds great for the Pacers. The struggle to figure out what works for the Pacers continues even after 69 games. Finding a lineup that works is like working a Rubik’s cube. Following the game in Toronto, Nate McMillan appeared like he was ready to chuck that cube through a wall.
The Jazz have been dealing with injuries all season and have played without Derrick Favors for the past six games. If he remains out, the Jazz will play smaller to start. Guard Rodney Hood has also missed the last two games.
Jazz vs. Pacers - 7:00 p.m. ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Odds: Bovada has the Jazz at -2.5 favorites.
Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups
Pacers: Jeff Teague (PG), Paul George (SG), C.J. Miles (SF), Thaddeus Young(PF), Myles Turner (C)
Jazz: George Hill (PG), Joe Ingles (SG), Gordon Hayward (SF), Joe Johnson (PF), Rudy Gobert (C)