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Jazz pose next test for high-flying Pacers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Indiana Pacers at Utah Jazz

  1. The Pacers defeated the Jazz, 121-102, in the season's first meeting on November 27 -- their third straight win in the series. Indiana has scored exactly 121 in each of the last three matchups, shooting 54.2 percent in those contests.
  2. The Jazz shot 50.6 percent in their 123-101 win over the Kings on Saturday, the sixth time in seven games they made at least half their shots. Their 16 games on the season shooting 50 percent or better are tied with the Pacers, Mavericks and Lakers for the most in the league.
  3. The Pacers have shot 50 percent or better in each of their last three games and pushed their winning streak to five with Sunday's 115-107 victory at Denver. They've shot 50 percent or better in each of their last four road games -- the first time they've done that in a single season since 2003-04.
  4. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 15.0 points in his last three games against Eastern Conference teams, and is averaging 21.4 on the season against East clubs compared to 27.0 against West teams. That difference in scoring of -5.6 ppg is the fourth-largest drop-off (West better, minimum 70% of team games played).
  5. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 on Saturday on 10-of-15 shooting, and is averaging 25.1 points on 53.9 percent shooting -- including 40.7 percent on three-pointers -- in his last seven games after averaging 19.6 points on 38.3 percent shooting -- 25.6 percent from deep -- in his previous seven contests.
  6. Domantas Sabonis had his first career triple-double on Sunday, finishing with 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Sabonis ranks third in the NBA with 33 double-doubles -- three more than he had all of last season and the most by a Pacer in a single season since Troy Murphy had 39 in 2009-10.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Climbing to great heights also requires proving yourself in the mountains, it appears, as the Indiana Pacers will face the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Monday night one day after playing at Denver.

The Pacers extended their winning streak to five games with a road victory against the Nuggets and now head to Utah looking to continue their run of success. It is not the easiest of back-to-backs, playing at altitude, but the Los Angeles Lakers tried it in early December and won both games.

Sunday's victory came with Doug McDermott scoring a season-high 24 points, the first time he has been above 20 all season. Three players scored 22 points -- Domantas Sabonis, T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon -- in the balanced attack.

The consecutive games are the openers to a five-game western swing that includes Phoenix and Golden State and concludes next weekend at Portland. When the Pacers returns home for a Jan. 29 meeting with the Chicago Bulls, Victor Oladipo is expected back after nearly a year away because of a ruptured quad tendon.

It means playing time will be adjusted soon and roles will be tweaked. And it comes with the Pacers in the midst of another upswing with six victories in their last seven games. It is a stretch that immediately followed a run of four defeats in five games.

"Our goal is to win every game. It doesn't matter who we play," Brogdon told reporters. "We're good enough to go 5-0 on this road trip, and we believe that so that's what we preach. We have to start strong because as the road trip goes on, you start to get tired. We're traveling and playing five good teams. We (have to) start strong on the back-to-back."

The Jazz had the day off Sunday to get their place in order for their visitors. Utah actually did a little cleaning up Saturday with a solid 123-101 home victory over the Sacramento Kings. That victory came two days after their 10-game winning streak ended with a loss at New Orleans.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points against the Kings, while Rudy Gobert had a season-high 28 points to go along with 15 rebounds. The Jazz led by as many as 17 in the first quarter and never looked back.

It was yet another home victory in a string of them this season. The Jazz are 16-3 and have the fewest defeats in their own building of any team in the Western Conference. The Jazz's last home defeat came Dec. 9 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Saturday's Jazz game also marked the return of guard Mike Conley, who was out for 19 of the last 20 games because of a left hamstring strain. He was eased into the mix, playing just 15 minutes, with three points and three assists.

"It's not a good thing, it's a great thing," Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said of Conley's return. "There is obviously going to be a period of adjustment for him. That's normal, whether it's conditioning or timing. But, more than anything, we're just excited to have him back."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 20, 2020

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