The Indiana Pacers will be out for revenge.
Only eight days ago in Phoenix, the Suns obliterated the Pacers by 24 points, tying Indiana’s worst loss of the season with the Suns putting up the most points the NBA’s best defensive squad has given up all season.
Now the Pacers are at home, and that changes everything. They’ve only lost one game at home, losing by only five points back in mid-December to Detroit. The Suns are hoping to change Indiana’s dominance at home. The only thing going for the Suns is the Pacers haven’t been home since they lost to Phoenix. Also, they aren’t as dominant as they were earlier in the season. Including the 24-point drubbing by the Suns, Indiana went 3-2 on their road-trip, losing to Denver, and having to go to overtime with the Kings. In their losses and the overtime win, the Pacers gave up an average of 114.67 points per game in stark contrast to their season average of 90.2, still best in the league.
Gerald Green versus Lance Stevenson. Green was on fire against the Pacers in the blowout win, but Stevenson only scored six points and that was crucial to the Phoenix victory. Let’s hope it happens again.
What should the Suns offense focus on:
Keep the ball moving and get out in transition. It’s going to be hard to score points in the half-court against Indiana, especially at home, so they have to get points when they can. The biggest aspect however is turnovers. Keeping them down will keep Phoenix in the game.
What does the Suns defense need to watch out for:
The Suns need to keep the Pacers out of the paint. The way they do this is for the Suns guards to stop dribble-penetration and stay in front of their man with lateral quickness. The frontcourt has to not foul, stay vertical and contest every shot, while boxing out to grab every rebound.
Pacers will win by a score of 101-95.