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NBA : ATS Matchup
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PHOENIX (11 - 18) at INDIANA (16 - 12)
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Friday, 12/28/2012 7:05 PM
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PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games11-18-7.511-1714-1497.349.644.8%48.2100.850.947.0%52.8
Road Games2-11-9.15-78-596.049.844.3%48.1106.551.147.6%54.2
Last 5 Games2-3-1.23-22-397.849.446.2%44.098.451.246.6%53.8
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.349.638-8544.8%7-1934.9%15-1975.1%481122208135
vs opponents surrendering97.649.137-8244.8%7-2035.8%17-2375.5%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)96.049.838-8544.3%6-1934.3%15-2073.8%481122228145
Stats Against (All Games)100.850.938-8247.0%7-1740.5%17-2374.3%531222197155
vs opponents averaging97.548.637-8244.6%7-2036.2%17-2275.5%511221208145
Stats Against (Road Games)106.551.140-8447.6%8-1942.2%19-2575.5%541224187136

INDIANA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games16-12+1.116-1213-1591.544.542.6%55.289.945.640.8%51.2
Home Games8-3+1.27-46-596.848.143.0%57.989.546.840.6%50.5
Last 5 Games4-1+34-13-
INDIANA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)91.544.534-8142.6%6-1933.9%16-2372.7%551220206157
vs opponents surrendering98.34937-8244.8%7-2035.8%18-2376.0%521222208146
Team Stats (Home Games)96.848.136-8343.0%8-1940.7%17-2472.2%581421196148
Stats Against (All Games)89.945.634-8340.8%5-1731.0%17-2277.5%511119217125
vs opponents averaging96.748.236-8344.0%7-2035.5%17-2275.8%511221208145
Stats Against (Home Games)89.546.834-8440.6%5-1730.6%16-2178.9%511119226125
Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 94.3,  INDIANA 95.1
PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/23/2012NEW ORLEANS111-108W-5.5L195.5O44-9048.9%421040-7851.3%5218
11/25/2012@ PHILADELPHIA101-104L4W194.5O39-8347.0%501239-8148.1%438
11/27/2012@ CLEVELAND91-78W-3W200U37-7946.8%481530-8435.7%6118
11/28/2012@ DETROIT77-117L3L198U28-8234.1%501940-7652.6%5512
11/30/2012@ TORONTO97-101L3L199.5U37-7748.1%411439-8148.1%5013
12/2/2012@ NEW YORK99-106L11.5W200O39-8048.7%521740-9044.4%487
12/4/2012@ MEMPHIS98-108L10T196O38-8246.3%391640-8547.1%6319
12/8/2012@ LA CLIPPERS99-117L10.5L200O36-7846.2%472048-9351.6%5211
12/22/2012@ PORTLAND93-96L4.5W196U40-8944.9%401033-6947.8%5321
12/23/2012LA CLIPPERS77-103L6.5L195.5U29-8036.2%501438-7153.5%5516
12/26/2012NEW YORK97-99L-2L195O38-8345.8%501340-8845.5%5011
12/28/2012@ INDIANA              
12/29/2012@ MINNESOTA              
12/31/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
1/8/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
1/9/2013@ BOSTON              
1/11/2013@ BROOKLYN              
1/12/2013@ CHICAGO              

INDIANA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/18/2012@ NEW YORK76-88L7L185.5U28-7139.4%541933-9036.7%568
11/19/2012@ WASHINGTON96-89W-3W180O34-7048.6%542031-8735.6%5010
11/21/2012NEW ORLEANS115-107W-7.5W181O40-9243.5%61839-9242.4%569
11/23/2012SAN ANTONIO97-104L4.5L190.5O38-9241.3%581341-8349.4%4710
11/27/2012@ LA LAKERS79-77W8.5W196U29-7936.7%621724-7631.6%7019
11/30/2012@ SACRAMENTO97-92W-1.5W187O37-8543.5%49932-7542.7%5012
12/1/2012@ GOLDEN STATE92-103L5L188.5O34-7445.9%421638-8047.5%4517
12/4/2012@ CHICAGO80-76W4W180.5U29-8036.2%541228-7338.4%5319
12/9/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY93-104L10.5L195O38-8246.3%38737-7648.7%529
12/15/2012@ DETROIT88-77W-2W183U35-7248.6%511332-8338.6%4710
12/18/2012@ MILWAUKEE93-98L2.5L185O32-8040.0%602037-8643.0%5215
12/21/2012@ CLEVELAND99-89W-4.5W187O39-8048.7%571732-8040.0%4716
12/22/2012@ NEW ORLEANS81-75W-3.5W178.5U33-7742.9%541433-8240.2%4812
12/29/2012@ ATLANTA              
1/4/2013@ BOSTON              
1/10/2013NEW YORK              
1/13/2013@ BROOKLYN              
PHOENIX: GUARDS: With Steve Nash gone, GORAN DRAGIC takes over at the point. He was a monster as a starter in Houston late last year, and he's familiar with Phoenix's system from his time there as Nash's backup . . . SHANNON BROWN is one of the league's better sixth men and could end up seeing close to starter minutes this year. Once just a raw athlete, he's made major strides as a shooter and ball-handler . . . KENDALL MARSHALL was a bit of a product of an absurdly talented supporting cast in college at UNC. He's got work to do to become an NBA-caliber starter, but he'll be capable enough as a backup point guard as a rookie . . . SEBASTIAN TELFAIR still can't hit an open jump shot, but will factor into the backcourt rotation. FORWARDS: LUIS SCOLA steps in as the starting four. While he's in his 30's and an underwhelming athlete, he's crafty and relentless . . . JARED DUDLEY will continue to be their main catch-and-shoot threat on the wing. It might take a while to develop an on-court chemistry with Dragic . . . MICHAEL BEASLEY has a chance to grab a starting spot. He rarely has his head on straight, but he can score . . . CHANNING FRYE, the sharp-shooting 7-footer, will likely miss the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart, but this condition is expected to completely heal . . . WESLEY JOHNSON gets a fresh start. He needs to start knocking down shots to land a rotation spot . . . MARKIEFF MORRIS showed flashes as a rookie, but has to make better decisions on the offensive end. He'll be a key on the second unit . . . Well-traveled P.J. TUCKER earned himself a roster spot with an impressive Summer League. CENTERS: MARCIN GORTAT had a great year-and-a-half alongside Steve Nash, and he'll have to prove he can create in the low post a little more. But he's a skilled big man who should pair nicely with Luis Scola as a scorer and passer in the post . . . Injury-riddled JERMAINE O'NEAL is still a strong low-post defender and shot-blocker.
INDIANA: GUARDS: The Pacers went 7-2 during the regular season and won a playoff series with GEORGE HILL in the starting five. He averaged 13.9 PPG and 5.3 APG in those regular season starts . . . PAUL GEORGE is a defensive stopper who is making strides on the offensive end. If he can find the touches, his scoring average will rise . . . D.J. AUGUSTIN has a skill set similar to Hill's. Maybe he'll push him for minutes later in the year, but more likely he'll shoot corner threes off the bench . . . GERALD GREEN is another athlete for their second unit . . . LANCE STEPHENSON has a chance for a bigger role, but he's been atrocious to this point of his career. FORWARDS: DANNY GRANGER's touches dropped last season, but his shot selection improved as last year went on. He'll continue to be a borderline All-Star . . . DAVID WEST's knee should be fully recovered from his torn ACL in late 2010-11. He was their best player in the postseason and should be a star this season with his ability to knock down shots . . . TYLER HANSBROUGH looks like he's settling in as a career second unit player. His lack of athleticism really limits his upside . . . JEFF PENDERGRAPH may or may not hold on to a roster spot in a 12th-man role. CENTERS: They're paying ROY HIBBERT like a franchise player, and he has the ability to control both ends of the court. The question is whether they'll now play him 30-plus minutes, or continue to use him as more of a part-time player . . . IAN MAHINMI should step in as a decent backup center . . . Rookie MILES PLUMLEE was a part-time player at Duke and is highly unlikely to contribute in his first season.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (PHOENIX-INDIANA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Suns-Pacers Preview* =====================


Phoenix (11-18) at Indiana (16-12), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Central Division-leading Indiana Pacers received an unexpected break in their schedule.

Facing the slumping Phoenix Suns could be another break.

Playing its first game in six days, Indiana goes for a season-best fourth consecutive victory on Friday night when Phoenix tries to snap its longest road losing streak in three years.

Looking to build on victories at Cleveland and New Orleans, the Pacers (16-12) didn't get a chance to extend their winning streak on Wednesday when their game versus Chicago was postponed due to a snowstorm that hit Indianapolis.

As a result, Indiana will now try to win for the seventh time in eight games with its first matchup against Phoenix (11-18) this season.

The Suns have won four in a row over the Pacers and six of seven visiting Indiana following a 113-111 victory on March 23, but they open their three-game trip with six straight losses outside the desert. It's their longest road skid since a seven-game stretch spanning Dec. 1-26, 2009.

Phoenix will try to avoid matching that run after dropping its third straight overall on Wednesday, 99-97 to New York.

Knicks guard J.R. Smith hit a shot over P.J. Tucker at the buzzer after point guard Sebastian Telfair turned the ball over on the other end with one second remaining.

"Obviously it was a really tough loss, difficult loss," said coach Alvin Gentry, whose team won a season-best four in a row prior to this slide. "I thought we did a good job of fighting back but we've got to do something about the second quarter."

The Suns were outscored 27-15 in that period after getting outscored 30-19 in the second quarter of Sunday's 103-77 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Pacers had an awful second quarter on Saturday - getting outscored 28-18 and falling behind the Hornets by 22 - but David West scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half of the 81-75 victory.

"I thought the team did a good job of just gaining our composure and getting a little more focused defensively (in the second half)," said West, the team leader with 17.4 points per game and 8.1 rebounds.

The Pacers lead the league in scoring defense (89.9) and field goal defense (40.8 percent).

That does not bode well for a Suns team averaging 89.0 points on 42.5 percent field-goal shooting since their last victory.

Phoenix could be more hard-pressed to end the Pacers' season-best three-game home winning streak if point guard Goran Dragic doesn't play. Dragic, the Suns' leader with 14.1 points and 6.2 assists per game, sat out the second half on Wednesday after getting undercut by Smith and suffering bruises to his hip, back and wrist.

"You do not want to see any of your teammates hit the floor like that," Telfair said. "Hopefully he will be back next game."

It's uncertain if Pacers guard Gerald Green will return after missing Saturday's contest with a sprained left ankle. Green had 35 points off the bench in the previous two games.

Since a nine-game stretch on the Suns' bench, swingman Jared Dudley is averaging 18.1 points on 56.0 percent shooting in nine contests. He hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-best 36 on Wednesday.

Phoenix has won 11 of 13 in this series.

Last Updated: 6/20/2018 12:24:05 PM EST

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