The Pacers (23-46) return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Tuesday night, where they host Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies (47-22). Memphis is the only team the Pacers haven’t faced yet this season.
All eyes will be on the point guards on Tuesday as rising star Tyrese Haliburton takes on Morant, the 22-year-old phenom who took the league by storm in his third NBA season.
Haliburton thrived in his first month in Indiana. Since joining the Pacers via trade, the sophomore guard has averaged 19.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals in his first 13 games as a Pacer, shooting 51 .4% from the ground and 44% from 3 point range. Haliburton has six double-doubles, including three in its last four games.
He will, however, have his hands full with Morant, the hot favorite for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award and a legitimate contender in the MVP conversation. Morant has taken a big leap forward this season, increasing his scoring average from 19.1 points per game in 2020-21 to 27.5 this season (seventh in the NBA as of Monday morning). He was also more efficient, increasing his field goal percentage from .449 to .493.
After leading the Grizzlies to ninth place in the Western Conference Play-In Tournament playoffs last season, Morant has helped position the Grizzlies as a legitimate title contender this season. Memphis currently has the second-best record in the league. The Grizzlies have the fifth-best offense in the league, scoring 113.5 points per 100 possessions, and the eighth-best defense, allowing just 109 points per 100 possessions.
Pacers: PG – Tyrese Haliburton, SG – Buddy Hield, SF – Oshae Brissett, PF – Terry Taylor, C – Isaiah Jackson
Grizzlies: PG – Ja Morant, SG – Desmond Bane, SF – Dillon Brooks, PF – Jaren Jackson Jr., C – Steven Adams
Pacers: Goga Bitadze – questionable (painful right foot), Malcolm Brogdon – questionable (concussion), Chris Duarte – questionable (painful left toe), Lance Stephenson – questionable (left ankle sprain), TJ McConnell – out (ligament surgery right wrist), Ricky Rubio – out (torn left ACL), Myles Turner – out (left foot stress reaction), TJ Warren – out (left navicular fracture)
Grizzlies: To be determined
April 11, 2021: The Pacers held off a late surge from the Grizzlies to hold on to a 132-125 win at Memphis. Caris LeVert scored 34 points on 14 of 20 shooting to lead Indiana to victory.
Malcolm Brogdon added 29 points while going 5-for-9 to 3-pointers to go along with nine rebounds and 11 assists. Domantas Sabonis also just missed a triple-double, totaling 18 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.
Jonas Valanciunas had 34 points on 16-of-25 shooting and 22 rebounds for the Grizzles in the loss. Ja Morant added 23 points and six assists while going 8 for 15 from the field and 7 for 11 from the free throw line.
- The Pacers have won four straight overall and their last five home games against the Grizzlies. Memphis’ last win at Gainbridge Fieldhouse was on October 29, 2015.
- Tyrese Haliburton and Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane won the Clorox Clutch Challenge together and were also teammates for Team Payton in the Rising Stars game at 2022 All-Star Weekend.
- The Grizzlies roster includes three players who attended high school or college in Indiana. Bane went to Seton Catholic High School, Jaren Jackson Jr. went to Park Tudor and La Lumiere School, and John Konchar attended Purdue Fort Wayne.
The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Find Tickets »
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