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Game Thread #82: Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic

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April 13, 2011 - 8:00PM EST
Amway Arena
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Darren Collison PG Jameer Nelson
Paul George SG Jason Richardson
Danny Granger SF Hedo Turkoglu
Tyler Hansbrough PF Brandon Bass
Roy Hibbert C Dwight Howard

The Indiana Pacers close out the regular season tonight when they take on the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena.

Unlike the past few seasons, the Pacers' post-game luggage won't be packed for vacation but instead for a return trip to Indy before heading to Chicago for a few days. Of course that means there isn't much buzz for the final night of the season with the Eastern Conference playoffs set in stone. The 8:00PM tip tonight is the result of the league planning ahead should there be some intrigue on the final night and wanting all of the critical games to be played at the same time.

Since this one is far from critical, it will be interesting to see how both teams play it. The Pacers need all of the work they can get so I expect the regular rotation to play, although maybe fewer minutes than usual. The Magic are in the same boat and expect to play their regulars to prep for the playoffs so this will be a nice test for the Pacers before turning their attention to the Bulls.

Here is the preview.

For an Orlando perspective, check out Orlando Pinstriped Post.

Leave your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments.