Utah has a pair of homecomings of sorts, with former Pacers Bojan Bogdanovic playing his first game at the Fieldhouse since joining the Jazz after two years of exceeding expectations earned him a solid free agent payday.
The Jazz also acquired local legend, Michael Conley in the offseason adding a veteran presence in the back court to combine with dynamic Donovan Mitchell. The former Lawrence North stand out will always be comfortable at BLF where he won three state titles.
This matchup gives the Pacers a chance to beat a team above .500 and affirm their early season success against a light schedule. The Pacers do have two wins over .500 teams thanks to the recent surge by the Brooklyn Nets to improve their record to 9-8.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert missed the team’s last game in Milwaukee with a sprained ankle and remains questionable. Gobert’s presence alters the game drastically and creates a challenging matchup for the Pacers’ bigs. No, I’m not going to mention the USA vs. France game. Oops, sorry, Myles.
Oh, and the Pacers will play in their new City Edition uniforms.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Jazz: Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Royce O’Neale, Bojan Bogdanovic, Tony Bradley
IND: Victor Oladipo (knee) - out, Edmond Sumner (hand) - out, JaKarr Sampson (back) - questionable
UTH: Rudy Gobert (ankle) - questionable, Ed Davis (left leg) - out, Nigel Williams-Goss (big toe) - out
Enemy view: SLC Dunk
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