Feb 6, 2021 7:26 p.m. PST
Utah Jazz will be looking to improve on the best record in the NBA when they visit the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET / p> The Jazz are 18-5 and have won three games in a row and 14 of their last 15 games. They are also 13-2 against the spread in their last 15 games and favorite Sunday.
The Pacers have lost four out of five Straight Up and ATS. The skid dropped its record to 12-11.
The Jazz set a franchise record with 26 3-point field goals, including seven from Bojan Bogdanovic when they defeated the Hornets 138-121 in Charlotte on Friday night in Charlotte. Utah was an eight-point favorite.
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Bogdanovic helped jazz keep going when he scored at least 20 points for the fourth time in five games. He averages 26.2 points during that time while shooting 58.5% (24 out of 41) from a long distance.
Donovan Mitchell added 30 points and five steals. It was Mitchell’s fifth game of the season when he was 30 or more. He was 5 out of 9 out of the 3-point range when the Jazz made 52% of their punches from outside the arc.
Utah leads the NBA in 3s (17th , 1) and tries (42.1) per game and her 40.7% long-range shooting is second.
Mike Conley left the game after 22 minutes with a sore hamstring and is doubtful for Sunday. He leads jazz with 5.8 assists and has an average of 16.5 points.
The bank almost led the Pacers to victory on Friday night before they beat the New Orleans Pelicans at home as a one-point The favorites between 114 and 113 fell.
Coach Nate Bjorkgren was 11 points behind his bench at the end of the third quarter. The reserves gave Indiana a point advantage of 4:02, but the Pelicans took the victory despite being beaten in the closing stages with 38:28.
T.J. McConnell was particularly effective outside of the jaws, having nine points in 28 minutes and a season high of 15 assists. The quick point guard has 27 assists in the last two games after averaging 5.9 assists in his first 18 games this season.
T.J. McConnell is the first bench player with 15 branches in less than 30 minutes of play since Manu Ginóbili did so on March 1, 2013.
Justin Holiday achieved a season high of 22 points, including seven 3-point points. Jeremy Lamb knocked each of his three attempts from beyond the bow when he finished with 17 points.
The Pacers almost won despite top scorer Domantas Sabonis a season low of eight points in the 3-of-13 shootout would have. He suspended the fourth quarter. Sabonis has posted single digits in 85 games for the third time in the past two seasons.
Sabonis’ clunker came two nights after hitting a career high of 33 points in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He scores an average of 21.0 points per game.
The Pacers had won three times in a row in the series and five of their last six games, before being hit by the Jazz on January 20, 2020 at the last meeting between the two of the 7.5-point favorites were, between 118 and 88 teams were sent out on the streets.
Utah dominated the game with 54% and beat Indiana with 53-30. Mitchell hit a game high of 25 points, while Gobert had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Bogdanovic finished with 16 points.
Sabonis and Holiday each had 12 points to lead the Pacers, and Sabonis had six steals.John Perrotto has been reporting and writing about sports for various outlets for over 40 years. His work has been published in USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and others, among others. John is based in Beaver Falls, PA.
John Perrotto has been reporting and writing about sports for various outlets for over 40 years. His work has been published in USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and others, among others. John is based in Beaver Falls, PA.
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