The streaking Indiana Pacers look for their ninth victory in the past 11 games when they host the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. Indiana is a stellar 14-5 at home as it opens a five-game homestand while the Suns are a porous 4-16 on the road.
Phoenix begins a stretch of four straight road games and seven of nine after recording an impressive 102-93 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Star shooting guard Devin Booker (back spasms) is listed as questionable and missed the past three games with the lowly Suns winning two of them. The Pacers completed a 3-2 road trip with a solid 121-106 victory over the New York Knicks, two nights after being trounced 135-108 by the Boston Celtics. Forward Domantas Sabonis had 22 points and 15 rebounds against New York and has posted 19 double-doubles this season.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Arizona (Phoenix), FS Indiana LINE: Pacers -12
ABOUT THE SUNS (11-33): Phoenix played a strong game against the Western Conference-leading Nuggets and never allowed more than 24 points in a single quarter while halting a streak of allowing 100 or more in the previous 13 contests. The Suns held Denver to 38.6 percent shooting while racking up 11 steals and nine blocked shots. "What impressed me the most is just how long we did it," Phoenix forward Josh Jackson said of his team's superb defensive performance. "We did it for literally the whole game. Like, I can't remember one point in time when I looked up and I felt like we were playing bad defense."
ABOUT THE PACERS (28-14): Center Myles Turner - the NBA leader in blocked shots with 103 - hopes to return from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him the previous four contests. The 22-year-old Turner was badly missed when Indiana allowed a season-worst 135 points to the Celtics and he was reminded by reporters on Sunday about fan criticism he was receiving earlier this season. "I think everybody knows how important I am to this team - as far as my teammates are concerned," Turner said following after participating in practice. "Fans can think what they want, but as far as everybody in the organization, they know what I bring to the table."
1. The Pacers won the past four meetings, including a 109-104 road triumph on Nov. 27.
2. Indiana SG Victor Oladipo has been held below 20 in four straight games and is averaging 17.3 points during the stretch.
3. Phoenix F Kelly Oubre Jr. matched his career high of 26 points in two of the past three games.
PREDICTION: Pacers 107, Suns 91 Bet Now
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