The Pacers beat the Jazz, 109-94 when the teams played in Salt Lake City in mid-January, but things have changed drastically for the Jazz since the last meeting. Utah was 17-26 following the loss to the Pacers, but two games later, Rudy Gobert, who had been in and out of the lineup with a knee injury, returned after missing the prior 15 games.
In the 20 games since Gobert returned, the Jazz are 16-4 and suddenly in the Western Conference playoff hunt at 34-30. In addition to Gobert's presence, rookie Donovan Mitchell continues to impress and evolve into a big-time performer for the Jazz while averaging just under 20 points per game.
The Pacers remain without Darren Collison who is closing in on a return but is not expected to play in the two remaining home games this week. Newly acquired forward, Trevor Booker will be active and expects to see some time in the rotation for the Pacers.
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Pacers (37-27) at Jazz (34-30) - 9:00 PM EDT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected starting lineups
Pacers: Cory Joseph (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner (C)
Jazz: Ricky Rubio (PG), Donovan Mitchell (SG) Joe Ingles (SF), Jonas Jerebko (PF), Rudy Gobert (C)