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Pacers vs. Bulls preseason game thread: Final tune up against familiar foe

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The Pacers and Bulls should have some regular-season intensity for at least part of their preseason matchup on Friday.

Jonathan Daniel

2012/2013 NBA Preseason
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October 26, 2012 - 7:00 p.m. ET
Notre Dame Joyce Center- South Bend, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana Radio: AM 1070 The Fan
Probable Starters
D.J. Augustin PG Kirk Hinrich
Paul George SG Richard Hamilton
Danny Granger SF Luol Deng
David West PF Carlos Boozer
Roy Hibbert C Joakim Noah

The Indiana Pacers wrap up preseason play on Friday night when they travel to Notre Dame to meet the Chicago Bulls in the Joyce Center. While the game is still technically in Indiana this is considered a road game for the Pacers. For a preseason game, the crowd and the game should be quite spirited, at least in the first half.

Both teams will want to play their regular rotation players the bulk of their normal minutes. For the Pacers, Danny Granger will still be restricted although the team expects to bump his minutes up to 20 from 12.

Both teams will be dipping into the bench for point guard help. George Hill is not expected to play as he continues nursing a hip pointer. The Bulls are already short their MVP point guard, Derrick Rose and may not have Kirk Hinrich available. After a minor injury in the team's last preseason game, Hinrich is a game-time decision.

Regardless, this should be a fun one as far as preseason games go and it will be televised on Fox Sports Indiana.

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