The two teams tangled on December 28th with the Pacers hanging on for a 90-85 win thanks to some timely work at winning time by Danny Granger and David West. The Pacers withstood a strong performance by Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan to take the W back through Customs.
Tonight the Pacers catch another break with Andrea Bargnani expected to miss the game. The sweet shooting big man strained a calf in the Raps' last game and had to leave early. He remains day-to-day but according to reports, not this day.
Toronto will be desperate to find a way to win tonight as the enter the game having lost four of their last five games. To add to the sense of urgency, the Raps play eight of their next nine on the road with their next five games against Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Portland and the Clippers.
The Pacers need to push aside their positive vibes and find an edge to play with tonight. The have to stay hungry for wins regardless of the situation the opponent is playing through.