By winning in New Orleans, the Pacers can draw within two games of a playoff spot in the East as they will emerge from the break in a six-team tussle for the final two playoff spots. Front court depth has been an issue for the Pacers of late with both Ian Mahinmi (ankle) and Lavoy Allen (knee) out. Both are close to returning and are considered game-time decisions in New Orleans tonight. There is really only room for one of the bigs in the current rotation, so I would if one of them is available, I'm sure the other will continue to sit out.
Front-court depth is a far greater concern for the Pelicans, with break-out, monster power forward, Anthony Davis still questionable after hurting his shoulder on a nasty fall from the rim this past Saturday. Seems letting Davis rest on the last game before a break would be prudent, but the Pelicans are engaged in a similar battle for playoff position in the West.
Reserve stretch-fourt, Ryan Anderson has already been ruled out against the Pacers due to an elbow injury. Point guard Jrue Holiday is also out with a leg injury, which moves Tyreke Evans the the point. So yeah, the Pacers could catch a big break if Davis is not ready to go with a seriously short-handed opponent.
The Pacers took care of the Pelicans with Davis in their first meeting at the Fieldhouse, 96-84 in December. Former IU/North Central star, Eric Gordon didn't play in that game but has been playing since early January. EJ is coming off his best game of the season, when he scored 31 points (7 for 8 from 3-land) in the 'Cans' loss to Utah.
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|2014-15 NBA Regular Season|
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|February 11, 2015 - 8:00 p.m. ET|
|Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, LA|
|TV: Fox Sports Indiana ---- Radio: AM 1070/107.5 FM The Fan|
|George Hill||PG||Tyreke Evans|
|Rodney Stuckey||SG||Eric Gordon|
|C.J. Miles||SF||Dante Cunningham|
|David West||PF||Omer Asik|
|Roy Hibbert||C|| Alexis Ajinca |