In mid-January, the Pacers fell victim to a signature second-quarter, second-unit meltdown and never recovered, eventually dumping the L on the side of the road, 97-86. In that game, the Magic bench scored 37 points led by J.J. Redick with 14. The Pacers won't have to worry about Redick since he's in Milwaukee following a trade prior to the trade deadline.
An interesting matchup to watch will be at center with Roy Hibbert tangling with 22-year old Nik Vucevic. Orlando's young center is averaging a double-double and put up some big rebounding numbers of late. Vucevic hit the Pacers for 16 points and 15 rebounds in the last meeting.
After starting the season, 1-6 on the road, the Pacers are now 13-16 with two roadies in Florida this weekend. Frank Vogel said after the 1-6 start, the team set working back to .500 away from home as a goal, so a win tonight would move them on step closer to that goal.
Regardless of the opponent, the Pacers always have to focus on the task at hand to play well on the road. That means not letting any thoughts wander to the matchup with the Miami Heat on Sunday.
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