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Can Suns extend win streak to 5 against new-look Pacers? Pacers at Suns game preview and prediction

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Riding a four-game win streak, the Phoenix Suns (23-18, 8th in Western Conference) host the Indiana Pacers (24-18, 7th in Eastern Conference) tonight for their first matchup this season. This contest marks the second game in the Pascal Siakam era for Indiana, who will be without Tyrese Haliburton. The Suns have won nine of their last 12 games overall, while the Pacers have lost three of their last four after falling 118-115 to the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night. This same night, Phoenix dominated on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans with a 123-109 victory behind a season-high 52 points from Devin Booker.

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Local Game Information

Start Time: 6:00 p.m. MST

Location: Footprint Center

TV Channel: 3TV/AZ Family

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, La Mejor 106.5 FM

Stream: Suns Live (click for more info)

Betting Odds

Line: PHX -5.5

O/U: 247.5

Injury Report

Phoenix Suns: Jordan Goodwin (right ankle sprain) AVAILABLE | Bol Bol (right foot soreness) OUTDamion Lee (right meniscus surgery) OUT

Indiana Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton (left hamstring strain injury management) OUT | Andrew Nembhard (thoracic spine sprain) AVAILABLE | Isaiah Jackson (concussion) OUT

Starters

Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkić

Indiana PacersT.J. McConnell, Buddy Hield, Aaron Nesmith, Pascal Siakam, Myles Turner

Five Keys to Game for Suns

  1. Can they play at Pacers’ pace?
  2. Limiting turnovers
  3. Not allowing big runs
  4. Guarding the 3-point line
  5. Ride momentum of win streak

Prediction

Suns 133 – Pacers 125

Even without Tyrese Haliburton, is going to be a very offensive game, and the Suns need to limit their turnovers to avoid run outs by Indiana. It will be interesting to see how Pascal Siakam plays for the Pacers in only his second game, but if the Suns keep up their strong recent play and come out aggressive, they should have no problem with Indiana. The biggest question will be how their defense fares against the No. 1 offense in the NBA and if Phoenix can sustain an up-tempo game for 48 minutes.

Last Time Out

Devin Booker went absolutely off against the New Orleans Pelicans (25-18) Friday night, scoring 52 points to help the Phoenix Suns (23-18) cruise to a 123-109 road victory, their fourth straight win. While Booker might have been killing it on the offensive end, the entire Suns’ team stepped up defensively. Kevin Durant, who finished with 26 points of his own, led the charge once again on the defensive side, totaling two steals and two blocks. New Orleans, one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the NBA, only connected on 10-of-42 shots from deep, a staggering 23.8%. Jusuf Nurkić proved how well he could fit in next to the Big 3, ending with five points, 16 rebounds, nine assists and was a team-high +30 in terms of plus/minus. Bradley Beal had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

In the debut of Pascal Siakam, the Indiana Pacers (24-18) were upset by the Portland Trail Blazers (12-29) 118-115 Friday night on the second game of a back-to-back for the Pacerss. Siakam had 21 in his debut. After missing five games due to injury, Tyrese Haliburton had 21 points and 17 assists. As much as Indiana tries to scratch and claw back into the game, the Blazers had a response and led pretty much the whole way, the most by 13 points. Myles Turned led Indiana with 29 points and 12 rebounds.

Flashback: Last Meeting (Feb. 10, 2023)

Suns Take Care of Pacers on the Road

 

Team Matchup Notes

Here are some stats, notes and everything else to know about the Suns and Pacers before their first matchup of the season (via Suns):

Each team’s stats (via Suns):

Preview: Team injury reports

Tyrese Haliburton out for tonight’s matchup vs. Suns

Bol Bol out, Tyrese Haliburton questionable for tomorrow’s Pacers vs. Suns matchup

Preview: Key stories from win over Pelicans

Frank Vogel says Suns had best defensive performance all season from start to finish vs. Pelicans

Social media loved Devin Booker’s season-high 52 points

Don’t overlook Jusuf Nurkić’s performance against the Pelicans

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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