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Indiana Pacers vs. Memphis Grizzlies Preview and Predictions 12-02-2019


The Indiana Pacers hit a speed bump in the first of a five-game road trip last time out in Philadelphia and look to get back in the win column when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. The Pacers had won five games in a row and nine of 11 before suffering a 119-116 setback against the 76ers on Saturday despite shooting 55.3 percent from the field and connecting on half of their 3-point attempts.

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"We gave ourselves an opportunity to win but didn't execute down the stretch," Indiana coach Nate McMillan told the Indianapolis Star. "Twenty turnovers. A couple of those came late. Those are big plays. You got to be calm going down the stretch and be clear about what you're doing and execute in that time and we didn't." The Pacers have won four of the last five meetings, including a 126-114 triumph in Indiana last Monday as T.J. Warren poured in 26 points and Domantas Sabonis recorded one of his 12 double-doubles in November. Memphis snapped a six-game losing streak Sunday with an impressive 115-107 victory at Minnesota without star rookie guard Ja Morant (back spasms) and center Jonas Valanciunas (illness). Morant, who leads the team in scoring (18.6), assists (6.4) and steals (1.4), is considered week-to-week while Valanciunas (13.6 points, team-high 9.8 rebounds) is questionable for Monday's contest.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Indiana, FS Southeast (Memphis)

ABOUT THE PACERS (12-7): Warren had 29 points against Philadelphia and is averaging 23.5 over the last four games for Indiana, telling reporters Saturday: "I'm always aggressive. Shots were falling. Just got to keep being aggressive." Guard Malcolm Brogdon finished with 28 points Saturday and leads the team in scoring (19.4), along with assists (7.9), after connecting on 31-of-60 from the field the past four contests. Sabonis was one rebound shy (Nov. 23, Orlando) of having a double-double in all 13 games during November and averages 18.5 points to go along with 13 boards - fifth-most in the league through Saturday.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (6-13): Dillon Brooks led the way with 26 points on 9-of-18 from the field - 4-of-5 beyond the arc - on Sunday and Memphis has won all five games in which the 6-7 shooting guard scored at least 20. Veteran forward Jae Crowder recorded his third double-double of the season Sunday (12 points, 10 boards), all in the last eight games, while point guard Tyus Jones scored his most points (12) in 10 contests. Jaren Jackson Jr. is the top active scorer (14.9) remaining, but the 6-11 forward is just 13-for-40 from the field since pouring in a season-high 28 points against Indiana last week.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Memphis F Solomon Hill scored 11 points Sunday, his most since recording 13 in his first game of the season Oct. 27.

2. Indiana C Myles Turner (11.7 points) scored a season-low three Saturday on 1-of-8 shooting from the field.

3. Grizzlies G Grayson Allen matched a season best with 13 points Sunday and drained a season-most three 3-pointers.

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Last Injuries

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Ja Morant

    Back
    Prob Mon | probable

    Morant is sidelined due to back spasms, but is expected to return to action Monday versus the Warriors.

  • Kyle Anderson

    Heel
    Doub Mon | doubtful

    Anderson has sat out the past four games with right heel soreness, and his status is in doubt for Monday's conetest versus the Warriors.

  • Brandon Clarke

    Oblique
    Out indefinitely | out

    Clarke is out of action due to a sore left oblique, and the team officials have yet to provide a return date.

  • Dillon Brooks

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | probable

    Brooks has a sore right shoulder, but is expected to be available against the Jazz on Saturday.

  • Jonas Valanciunas

    Illness
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Valanciunas has been held out of the previous two games with an illness, and it remains to be seen if he will play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

  • Brandon Clarke

    Hip
    Prob Sun | probable

    Clarke is dealing with a hip injury, but it is expected that he will suit up for Sunday's tilt with the Timberwolves.

  • Kyle Anderson

    Heel
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Anderson was absent from the lineup during the last game with a sore right heel, and it is undetermined if he will play against the Jazz on Friday.

  • Ja Morant

    Back
    Prob Wed | probable

    Morant has a sore back, but he is expected to suit up Wednesday versus the Clippers.

Indiana Pacers

  • Malcolm Brogdon

    Hand
    Out Mon | out

    Brogdon missed the last game with a sore right hand, and he will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

  • Edmond Sumner

    Hand
    Prob Mon | probable

    Sumner is sidelined with a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal of his right hand. It is anticipated that he will return Monday against the Clippers.

  • JaKarr Sampson

    Back
    Out indefinitely | out

    Sampson is out of commission due to lower back soreness, and there is not timetable for recovery.

  • Victor Oladipo

    Knee
    Mid Dec | out

    Oladipo is healing from a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his right knee that cost him most of the 2018-19 season. He is expected to be sidelined until the middle of December.

  • Malcolm Brogdon

    Back
    Prob Mon | probable

    Brogdon has sat out the last three games with a sore lower back, but he is expected to be available Monday versus the Grizzlies.