Open Game Thread #51: Pacers vs. Blazers

Here's Bruno's Scouting Report with the Pacers looking to build on their win against the Knicks. Health issues remain at point guard. Travis Diener will be available, but Jamaal Tinsley has an MRI scheduled in is expected to miss the game.

In late November, the Pacers had one of their guttiest road wins of the season out in Portland. It wasn't pretty, but Jamaal Tinsley made it happen down the stretch for the Pacers. The Pacers are a different team now, as are the Blazers. Shortly after that loss, Portland started winning those close games down the stretch and went on an incredible stretch of winning basketball. They've settled down a bit lately, but will be an awfully tough matchup for the Pacers.

The Blazers will also be short-handed, missing their best player. Unfortunately, Brandon Roy is back in Seattle due to a death in the family. Don't worry, the Blazers have plenty of fire power available to step up in BRoy's absence. For everything you need to know about the Blazers, hop on over to Blazers Edge.

Here's what the efficiency numbers say:

Team Pace Off.Eff. Def.Eff.
IND 96.5(3rd) 106.3(18th) 108.5(19th)
POR 86.8(29th) 108.9(12th) 108.2(18th)


Projected Starters
PACERS pos. BLAZERS
Mike Dunleavy F Martell Webster
Troy Murphy F LaMarcus Aldridge
Jeff Foster C Joel Pryzbilla
Danny Granger G Jarrett Jack
Travis Diener G Steve Blake

Feel free to leave your thoughts on the game in the comments.
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