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Jazz vs Pacers preview: Utah seeks sixth straight win

The Utah Jazz continue their longest home stand of the season, this time hosting the Indiana Pacers

Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

The Utah Jazz have won five straight games and eight of their last nine. They are continuing their six-game homestand tonight against the Indiana Pacers. Due to a left hamstring strain, Indiana has been without their superstar Tyrese Haliburton over the previous three games. Initial reports said he would be re-evaluated after their road trip, so he will unlikely play tonight. The Pacers are on their second night of the infamous Rocky Mountain back-to-back after losing in Denver last night. Despite Haliburton’s absence and the rest disadvantage, Utah cannot afford to underestimate this Indiana team. The Pacers have continued to be dangerous without Haliburton, winning two of three without the star point guard. They’ve won nine of their last eleven overall.

Game info

When: Monday, January 15, 2024, 7:00 MT

Where: Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT

TV/Streaming: Jazz+, KJZZ

Radio: KSL 1160 AM & 97.5 FM

Betting line via Draftkings.com: Jazz -7, O/U 245

Uniforms: Statement Edition

What to watch for

Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Backcourt battle

Even without Haliburton, the Pacers have a formidable backcourt. While his offensive wizardry will be sorely missed, Indiana has a slew of talent to fill in the gaps. Bruce Brown, Andrew Nembhard, Buddy Hield, TJ McConnell, and Bennedict Mathurin will likely get time in the backcourt. That grouping has a variety of strengths that Utah will have to adjust to. Brown and McConnell will play high-energy defense. Hield and Mathurin will shoot from anywhere. Will Hardy must prepare his team for a different Pacers than the league is used to.

The Jazz backcourt has been on fire, with Collin Sexton thriving as a starter and Jordan Clarkson finding his groove off the bench. Rookie Keyonte George has had typical rookie ups and downs but is coming off an excellent game against the Lakers on Saturday. Kris Dunn has been as steady as anybody, defending hard, distributing the ball, and being a vocal leader.


Poll

Final score?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Jazz by 10+
    (35 votes)
  • 51%
    Jazz by 1-9
    (44 votes)
  • 4%
    Pacers by 1-9
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Pacers by 10+
    (2 votes)
85 votes total Vote Now