The Indiana Pacers are back home among the madness of the Super Bowl Village to host the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. Friday night was absolutely packed downtown so hopefully 18,000 of those folks will fill the Fieldhouse tonight.
The Pacers and Magic have split their two games so far with the Magic winning the first game played at the Fieldhouse. In that game, the Pacers started strong but then let the Orlando shooters get comfortable and they all caught fire and handed the Pacers their only home loss.
The Pacers have been pretty good at making opponents uncomfortable in a variety of ways so they will need to find something that works tonight to make sure Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson and company aren't making a difference from behind the arc. They they just have to deal with Dwight Howard.
The Magic will be busing in from Cincinnati with no local rooms available for the overnight stay. They will also be missing point guard Jameer Nelson and reserve big man, Glen Davis. The Pacers will continue playing without Jeff Foster and George Hill.
Here is the Pacers.com preview. For an Orlando perspective, check out Orlando Pinstriped Post. 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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