Indiana PacersCharlotte Bobcats
on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers will try to win their 10th straight home game and more importantly try to continue making up ground in the Eastern Conference standings where they currently stand in third place, two games behind first place Miami.The Pacers lost their only other meeting with the Bobcats in their second game of the season at Charlotte. In that game, Kemba Walker torched the Pacers for 30 points as the Bobcats scored 35 points in the third quarter. The Pacers tried to rally and limited Charlotte to just 16 points in the fourth quarter but the blue and gold had their own offensive struggles and couldn't put out the win, instead losing 90-89. New coach Mike Dunlap employed an effective zone defense that stymied the Pacers .
That game seems like a few years ago at this point and the Pacers are currently playing at a much higher level. The Pacers still can't just show up and beat anybody, proof of that is how they have struggled recently to put away the Washington Wizards. Charlotte was shut down by the 21st rank defense in Toronto last night, scoring just 78 points so you would think pride would bring out a better effort against the Pacers. Fortunately, the Pacers have the top ranked defense to throw at Charlotte and that may be just what then need to get a W tonight.
UPDATE: Paul George sitting out with the flu!
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