The Indiana Pacers take on the New Jersey Nets tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as they try to build a little momentum by winning consecutive games for the first time since beating Golden State and the Los Angeles Lakers to end the West Coast road trip.
The Nets have won their last two games on the road, including and impressive effort to win at Philadelphia, but they struggled in their last outing, losing at home to the Toronto Raptors 94-73, a game in which they lost some fire power in rookie MarShon Brooks and DeShawn Stevenson. Both are expected to miss the game tonight leaving Jordan Farmar and Sundiata Gaines to step up in their absence. D-League call up Larry Owens may get the start at small forward since the Nets prefer bringing Shawne Williams off the bench.
The Pacers should have an advantage in the front court with Brook Lopez missing in the middle for the Nets. That is, assuming Roy Hibbert doesn't have any lingering issues from getting his nose straightened out yesterday. The Pacers were hoping to have Jeff Foster back tonight but his back still has him listed as out for the game. The Pacers will be paying homage to their ABA past by wearing throwback uniforms for the game tonight.
Here is the Pacers.com preview. For a New Jersey perspective, check out Nets Daily. Also, after the game check out Pacers Overtime on WIBC 93.1FM with Eddie White. Need to have an Indy Cornrows mention on the show!
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