NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 8th (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (16-19) at Utah Jazz (18-17), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz begin a four-game homestand, as they host the struggling Indiana Pacers tonight at EnergySolutions Arena.
This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On November 17th, Mike Dunleavy scored 25 points and the Pacers shot 57.9 percent from the field to dominate the Jazz, 117-97, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Indiana has won four of six and five of its last eight at Utah. The Pacers have also captured eight of the last 10 contests in the series.
Utah tries to get back on the winning track against Indiana. Martell Webster scored a career-high 26 points -- 24 in the third quarter -- and the Portland Trail Blazers routed the Jazz, 103-89, at the Rose Garden.
Deron Williams finished with 23 points and seven assists for Utah, which had a two-game winning streak halted. Mehmet Okur collected 15 points and seven rebounds, and Matt Harpring added 14 points off the bench in defeat.
The Jazz are an impressive 12-3 at home this season. They will also host the Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks on the homestand.
The Pacers play the second of a five-game road trip. On Sunday, superstar Kobe Bryant led a balanced Lakers attack with 26 points and six assists and LA used a dominant third quarter to breeze past the Pacers, 112-96, at the Staples Center.
Dunleavy led slumping Indiana with 17 points, while Danny Granger finished with 14 and six rebounds in the loss. Jermaine O'Neal contributed 13 points and Kareem Rush netted 12 off the bench for the Pacers, who were outscored 35-19 in the third quarter and lost for the sixth time in their last seven contests.
Indiana is 8-10 on the road this season. The Pacers will also visit the Suns, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors on the current road trip.
On the injury front for Indiana, point guard Jamaal Tinsley (sore left hamstring) is questionable for Tuesday. Tinsley, who is averaging 13.8 points and a team-best 8.7 assists per game this season, has missed five straight contests.
01/08 13:12:13 ET