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The last time Utah and Indiana met, the game was more like a wrestling game than a real basketball game.

After four expulsions, players from both teams later admitted that their emotions had taken hold mainly due to the physical nature in which the game was being refereed. In the end, however, there weren’t any cheap shots – both physically and verbally – and life in the NBA went on as usual.

However, tonight’s rematch promises to be anything but ordinary.

It’s unclear who will fit for Jazz on Saturday night after their top eight rotational players in minutes all missed Friday’s game against Toronto for various reasons. Many of them could come back, or Utah could deploy another lineup in which Eric Paschall and Elijah Hughes combined for 55 points last night.

On the other hand, Indiana faces a COVID-19 outbreak as six players are absent due to health and safety protocols. Three other players are questionable to play, all stepping up their game conditioning in hopes of seeing the field.

Either way, Utah will seek their ninth win in 11 games as the Pacers hope to break their six-game losing streak.

STATISTICS
Utah (28-11, 14-4 away / # 3 in the Western Conference)
Offense
* 115.8 points per game (# 1 in NBA)
* 116.8 Offensive classification (n ° 1 in NBA)

Defense
* 106.6 points per game (# 10 in the NBA)
* 107.6 defensive rating (# 7 in NBA)

* Donovan Mitchell: 25.5 points / 5.1 assists / 3.9 rebounds
* Bojan Bogdanovic: 17.8 points / 3.9 rebounds / 42.6% 3P-territory
* Mike Conley: 14.3 points / 5.3 assists / 2.9 rebounds / 42.9% 3P-territory
* Jordan Clarkson: 15.0 points / 3.4 rebounds / 25.6 minutes

Indiana (14-25, 11-10 home / 13th Eastern Conference)
Offense
* 107.7 points per game (# 19 in NBA)
* 109.7 Offensive classification (n ° 15 in NBA)

Defense
* 106.1 points per game (# 8 in the NBA)
* 110.2 Defensive ranking (n ° 21 in NBA)

* Malcolm Brogdon: 19.0 points / 6.1 assists / 5.3 rebounds
* Domantas Sabonis: 18.7 points / 11.9 rebounds / 4.5 assists
* Lance Stephenson: 13.7 points / 20.7 minutes
* Myles Turner: 13.2 points / 7.3 rebounds / 2.8 blocks

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Time: 5:00 p.m. MST
Site: Gainbridge Field / Indianapolis, IN
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: 1280 The Zone


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