The Phoenix Suns and Indiana Pacers will meet for the first time in Las Vegas in the 2022 NBA Summer League. Both teams are stuck in the middle of the standings, winning only two of four games.
The recent free agency drama between the two teams adds some intrigue to this game. The Pacers signed DeAndre Ayton to an offer sheet, but the Suns matched it, keeping him in Phoenix.
Match: Phoenix Suns vs. Indiana Pacers | NBA Summer League 2022.
Date and hour : Sunday July 17; 5:30 p.m. EDT (Monday, July 18; 3:00 a.m. IST).
Venue: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Phoenix Suns Preview
The Phoenix Suns have been inconsistent in the Summer League. They began their trip to Las Vegas with a 20-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers, only to lose to the Washington Wizards by 25 points.
In their third game, the Suns knocked out the Dallas Mavericks, but their last game was another loss. It looks like it’s now time for another win.
Key Player – Louis King
Louis King’s NBA career did not go as he had hoped. After playing in Detroit and Sacramento, King is now in the Summer League, trying to earn a training camp invite.
King has been inconsistent. His summer league opener, however, was fantastic. He scored 20 points for the Suns. If he can have a similar performance against the Pacers, Phoenix could end up picking up a win.
Scheduled Phoenix Suns Lineup
Guardian: Rayjon Tucker | Guardian: McKinley Wright IV | Forward: Louis King | Forward: Ish Wainright | Center: Jo Lual-Acuil Jr.
Indiana Pacers Preview
The Indiana Pacers are not in an ideal situation, but their rookie Bennedict Mathurin has been terrific in the Summer League. Andrew Nembhard, another Pacers draft pick in 2022, also played well.
With the team currently 2-2, Pacers fans are loving what they have seen from their young stars and are hoping they play well in their game against the Phoenix Suns.
Key player – Benedict Mathurin
Bennedict Mathurin was one of the top scorers in the Summer League. He’s averaging 19.3 points per game on 48.8 percent shooting. He was also reliable from 3 points.
If it is still too early to make predictions about his career in the NBA, there is no doubt that Mathurin is off to a good start. This experience will stand him in good stead as he prepares for his rookie season.
Indiana Pacers predicted roster
Guardian: Chris Duarte | Guardian: Andre Nembhard | Forward: Benoit Mathurin | Forward: Terry Taylor | Center: isaiah jackson
Suns vs. Pacers game prediction
The Suns and Pacers are tied. We can expect a competitive game. Despite being in the middle of the standings, the Pacers have one of the best offensive teams in the summer league. The Suns will have to play fantastic defense to stop them.
Considering the two teams have been inconsistent thus far, it wouldn’t be surprising if this game ended in another blowout. However, which team will be blown is something we will have to wait and see.
Where to watch Suns vs Pacers?
The Suns game against the Pacers will be broadcast on ESPNU.