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The Indiana Pacers made a move for the future, which has resulted in less that optimal success. Against one of the league’s poorer defensive sides, the Grizzlies should quickly outpace the Pacers.
Memphis Grizzlies def. Indiana Pacers
|Memphis Grizzlies||Head-to-Head||Indiana Pacers
|Taylor Jenkins||Head Coach||Rick Carlisle|
|47-22 (2nd in West)||Standing||23-46 (13th in East)|
|113.9 (5th of 30)||Off Rtg||111.9 (16th of 30)|
|109.0 (7th of 30)||Def Rtg||114.2 (26th of 30)|
|99.9 (6th of 30)||Pace||97.8 (18th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Morant (27.5)||PPG||B. Hield (19.7)|
|S. Adams (9.8)||RPG||M. Turner (7.1)|
|J. Morant (6.7)||APG||T. Haliburton (9.5)|
|D. Melton (1.6)||SPG||T. Haliburton (2.1)|
|J. Jackson Jr. (2.2)||BPG||M. Turner (2.8)|
|B. Clarke (.647)/J. Morant (10.2)||FG%/FGM||T. Taylor (.619)/B. Hield (7.7)|
|D. Bane (.416)/D. Bane (2.9)||3P%/3PM||T. Haliburton (.440)/B. Hield (3.1)|
|T.J. McConnell||Indiana Pacers||7 Dec 2021||Out (Wrist)||There is no timetable for McConnell’s return.|
|Ricky Rubio||Indiana Pacers||29 Den 2021||Out (Knee)||Rubio suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season.|
|T. J. Warren||Indiana Pacers||2 Jan 2022||Out (Foot)||There is no timetable for Warren’s return.|
|Myles Turner||Indiana Pacers||23 Feb 2022||Out (Foot)||Turner is a few weeks from returning to the court.|
|Malcolm Brogdon||Indiana Pacers||10 Mar 2022||Out (Concussion)||Brogdon was OUT for Indiana’s Sunday (Mar 13) game.|
|Goga Bitadza||Indiana Pacers||13 Mar 2022||Out (Foot)||Bitadze was OUT for Indiana’s Sunday (Mar 13) game.|
|Chris Duarte||Indiana Pacers||13 Mar 2022||Out (Toe)||Duarte was OUT for Indiana’s Sunday (Mar 13) game.|
|Lance Stephenson||Indiana Pacers||13 Mar 2022||Out (Ankle)||Stephenson was OUT for Indiana’s Sunday (Mar 13) game.|
The Memphis Grizzlies can’t be complacent when they take on the Indiana Pacers. If they want to compete with the Pacers, they’ll need to be wary of Indiana’s rebounding threat.
In victories, the Indiana Pacers dominate their opponents on the boards. The Pacers have a rebounding differential of +5.9 in victories, mostly due to their concentrated team effort.
However, ranking first in the league in overall rebounding, the Memphis Grizzlies are expertly equipped to take on the Pacers. How they adjust to the Pacers’ stretch bigs, should determine how they fare on the boards.
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— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) March 12, 2022
The Memphis Grizzlies are in excellent position going into the later portions of the NBA season. As the playoffs draw nearer, swingman Desmond Bane has been polishing his game.
In his last game, a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Bane led the way for the Grizzlies. He posted 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists on 7 of 15 shooting from the field and 3 of 5 shooting from three-point range.
If you didn’t know, Bane is an excellent three-point shooter. Against a Pacers team that is in the bottom third of the league in three-point field goal percentage allowed, Bane has every opportunity to have a big game.
The Indiana Pacers will be the underdog against an incredibly dangerous Memphis Grizzlies team. While the Grizzlies’ offense is a threat, the Pacers can make waves with their own ability to score the ball.
Of course, the Indiana Pacers put in a better performance when they shoot the ball more efficiently. However, when Indiana moves the ball they have a group of players that can punish defenses. In victories, Indiana assists on 26.2 of their 43.8 made field goals.
Top of the league in shot-blocking, the Grizzlies won’t be easy to score on at the rim. In order to win the game, Indiana must convert on opportunities to keep the Memphis defense honest.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 14, 2022
As Haliburton takes in another game with his new Pacers team, he seems to be getting more comfortable. Despite the loss in his last game, Haliburton put on an excellent performance.
Haliburton is coming off of a game where he posted 25 points, 10 assists, and 1 steal in 40 minutes of play. His efficiency was welcome, shooting 9 of 15 from the field and 3 of 5 from three-point range.
Haliburton’s biggest issue was that he committed 5 turnovers on the evening. If he can be more secure with the ball, he can limit Memphis’ extra opportunities and give Indiana a fighting chance.
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|Memphis Grizzlies vs Indiana Pacers Information|
|Who||Memphis Grizzlies vs. Indiana Pacers|
|Where||Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana|
|When||7:00 PM EST, March 15th, 2022|
|How to Watch||Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports SE-MEM, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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