Fresh off an impressive win at Utah, the Pacers complete their back-to-back road games in Phoenix on Tuesday night where they play the Suns for the first time this season.
The Suns 4-15 record should not give the Pacers a false sense of security, as recent wins by Phoenix over Milwaukee and San Antonio will attest. Devin Booker is the current and future cornerstone of the Suns’ go-forward plan, leading the team in scoring at 25 points per game. Rookie Deandre Ayton is tall, long, active and quite productive averaging almost 17 points and 10 rebounds per game.
With vets Trevor Ariza and T.J. Warren also starting, the Suns play a big, yet active lineup that can cause matchup issues. Depth in the playing rotation is where the Suns run into trouble, but the recent addition of Jamal Crawford has helped add some veteran depth, not to mention a crunch-time scoring option since he always shows up ready to hang buckets on guys.
Should be an interesting game on a back-to-back which will require the Pacers to take the fight to the Suns and not allow the home team to get comfortable on the offensive end where they have guys that can score in bunches when they get rolling. Once again, Victor Oladipo is not expected to play.
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
When: 9:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Darren Collison, Tyreke Evans, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
Suns: Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Trevor Ariza, T.J. Warren, Deandre Ayton
IND: Victor Oladipo (sore knee) - out
Enemy view: Bright Side of the Sun
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