What to expect going into the Pacers vs. Grizzlies

Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Pacers’ Players to Watch

As mentioned above, Warren led the Pacers in scoring in their previous match-up and has averaged 23.5 points on a scorching 60.7 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from 3-point range over the last week. He’s currently the team’s second leading scorer on the season while also posting a career best defensive rating during his first season in Indianapolis. Known for his porous defense in Phoenix, his extra effort on that end of the court has helped a team struggling, at times, with injuries.

Next, we have Sabonis (who happens to be the player ahead of Warren in scoring) looking to rebound from his blah performance last week. His 13 points are tied for the second lowest mark on the season. The key will be to get more than the eight shots he put up in Indy, but still stick to the same winning formula. Memphis also gives up the third most second chance points in the league so expect to see him crashing the boards all night (he’s already an elite offensive rebounder so be ready for a feast).

You also can’t forget the President. Malcolm Brogdon leads the team in assists at 7.9 per game and is the point of attack for Indiana’s top 10 defense. The big bodied guard always seems in control, finding deliberate passes, and rarely forcing shots. He has scored in double figures in all 16 games he has played in besides Houston where he got hurt early. He’s also coming off a 28-point outburst against Philly so look for him to be aggressive early in Memphis.