12 January 2009
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The Jazz are coming of their first three-game win streak since the beginning of the season, and yes it feels nice.
Indiana is coming of a heartbreaking losses to the Warriors and look much better with Mike Dunleavy in the lineup.
The Jazz and the Pacers can put points up on the board. The Pacers are number four in the league in scoring @ 104 ppg. and the Jazz are close behind scoring 101.4 ppg, which puts them in seventh spot. Look for this game to be a barn burner as the Pacers are third-to-last in team defense giving up 106.3 ppg.
The Jazz should score around 120 points and have seven players in double figures Ronnie Brewer, Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur, , Kyle Korver, Andrei Kirilenko, Paul Millsap and
Kosta Koufos should all get double figures. Paul Millsap should restart the double double streak this should be a fun one to watch.
If you haven't seen Danny Granger play this year, you are in for a treat. I think he is one of the top 4-5 players in the east and top ten players in the league this year. He is putting up just under 27 points a game and becoming a better rebounder. A lot of people thought all the success was due to the Mike Dunleavy injury, but he has showed that he can still score with Mike back in the lineup.
Ultimately, though I feel that we will win this game 124-112 I don't think it will be that close though.
Match-up of the night- Danny Granger vs. Whoever is guarding him
Stat to watch for-- Rebounds, the Pacers are third best in the league, Jazz need to win this battle.
Keys to the game---
1) Three point %, the Jazz will get a lot of open looks, they need to hit them better than 34% which is their current average.
2) The Pacers average 86.4 fg attempts per game which is almost 8 more than the Jazz, so if the Jazz can shoot their average percentage from the floor they should walk away with this one.
3) Danny Granger's danger zone is 28 I think, if he scores more than that it will be much closer than expected.
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