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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