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Open Game Thread #76: Pacers at Bucks

The Indiana Pacers play at the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in the first games of a home-and-home that concludes at the Fieldhouse on Sunday. Needless to say, a sweep is critical to keeping the playoff fires burning. Not an easy task, since the Bucks always seem to give the Pacers fits, especially up in Milwauke. Of course, Philly also needs to beat Atlanta tonight to make it interesting.

Here's Bruno's Scouting Report which looks at the Pacer point guard duo of Flip Murray and Travis Diener. While the two make an odd combination that was on no one's radar screen a few months ago, they've combined to provide solid production from the position over 48 minutes of a game.

For a little extra reading, here's a nice overview of what faces Larry Bird once the season ends.

Also, Mark Montieth looks at some potential help for the Pacers to keep an eye on this weekend at the Final Four.

Check out Brew Hoop for the Bucks' perspective on the game tonight.

Here's what the efficiency numbers say:

Team Pace Off.Eff. Def.Eff.
IND 95.9(3rd) 107.8(19th) 109.5(16th)
MIL 89.7(18th) 106.7(21st) 114.0(1st)

Projected Starters
PACERS pos. CELTICS
Mike Dunleavy F Desmond Mason
Troy Murphy F Charlie Villanueva
Jeff Foster C Andrew Bogut
Danny Granger G Michael Redd
Flip Murray G Mo Williams

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