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Game Thread #56: Indiana Pacers at Dallas Mavericks

Indiana Pacers
19-36 35-21
February 22, 2010 - 8:30PM EST
American Airlines Arena
Radio: 1070 The Fan TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Earl Watson PG Jason Kidd
Brandon Rush SG Caron Butler
Danny Granger SF Shawn Marion
Troy Murphy PF Dirk Nowitzki
Roy Hibbert C Brendan Haywood

The Indiana Pacers look to complete the Texas Two Step sweep tonight when they visit the Dallas Mavericks.

Danny Granger and T.J. Ford led one of the best offensive games of the season in the Pacers' win at Houston on Saturday night, but since nothing comes easy for the Pacers this season, backing up Saturday's game with another solid offensive effort will be tough for the Pacers tonight. Especially since Danny Granger is tending to a personal matter and isn't with the team in Dallas. Also, T.J. Ford strained his groin finishing off the Rockets and will be a game-time decision.

Meanwhile, the Maverick are looking awfully good following a roster improvement last week before the trade deadline. The team reeks of solid veteran players at every spot with Jason Kidd running things. Then you throw in my favorite veteran sixth man, Jason Terry, bringing it off the bench and this team may not be lethal, but they certainly won't be fun to play in the post-season.

Also, unlike Houston, the new faces have quickly meshed with the team so they're already past the ol' players-trying-to-figure-out-how-to-play-with-each-other phase that most teams have to work through after a big trade.

So with every indication pointing toward a loss for the Pacers, that means they'll probably find something that works and pull off a win. Check out Bruno's Scouting Report.

For a Dallas perspective, check out Mavs Moneyball.

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