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Open Game Thread #33: Pacers vs. Grizzlies

The Pacers are back at the Fieldhouse tonight for the first of two home games before hitting the road for a week. The Memphis Grizzlies come to town struggling just like the Pacers, so the W is there for the taking if the Pacers take care of their business. I'm just excited to be able to watch the game tonight after missing a couple of weeks of action.

Here's Bruno's Scouting Report with more info on how the Pacers hope to avoid future late game collapses. Making shots is a good start. But if the shots aren't falling, how about having someone make something happen and try to draw a foul or two? Embrace the free throw.

For a Grizz perspective, check out 3 Shades of Blue for a nice preview of the game tonight. Suddenly, I feel better about the Pacers' chances in this one.

Here's what the efficiency numbers say:

Team Pace Off.Eff. Def.Eff.
IND 96.5(3rd) 106.6(16th) 107.5(15th)
MEM 92.9(8th) 107.5(15th) 112.7(29th)

The Pacers pace has dropped during the four-game losing streak. Memphis should offer plenty of opportunities to control the pace get the offensive production flowing.

Projected Starters
Jermaine O'Neal F Pau Gasol
Danny Granger F Rudy Gay
Troy Murphy C Darko Milicic
Mike Dunleavy G Mike Miller
Andre Owens G Damon Stoudamire

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