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Game Thread #72: Washington Wizards at Indiana Pacers

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March 24, 2010 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Shaun Livingston PG Earl Watson
Mike Miller SG Brandon Rush
Al Thornton SF Danny Granger
James Singleton PF Troy Murphy
JaVale McGee C Roy Hibbert

The Indiana Pacers probably aren't complaining about playing the second half of a back-to-back tonight against the Washington Wizards. After taking care of the Detroit Pistons last night, the Pacers looked like they were ready to play a double-header. Winning and playing well together does a lot for the ol' energy level.

Now, think about the Washington Wizards, also playing the second half of back-to-back games after losing in overtime last night to the Charlotte Bobcats. Not only did they lose the game, but they're in the midst of some life-sucking drama after dust up between coach Flip Saunders and talented (physically) big man Andray Blatche. 7 Day Dray is now 5.5 Day Dray. After being benched last night for insubordination, Blatche is considered doubtful to play tonight. That certainly favors the Pacers since Blatche woudl've presented the most problematic matchup for the Pacers in the front court.

With the Pacers feeling so good about themselves and all of these other factors with the Wizards benefiting the Pacers, a win appears certain for the home team tonight. Now, normally, this is the exact type of game the Pacers would end up losing, but in this crazy season, even the sure-fire reverse psychology loss is up for grabs so any predictions at this point are futile.

For a Washington perspective, check out Bullets Forever.

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Speaking of Bruno, he offers some sage advice to better handle the Pacers' recent success. Consider him a sane voice of reason in the insane world that is the end of this NBA season.

Plus, Kevin Pelton found a way to get the Pacers in the playoffs, March Madness style.