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Pacers' post-season pursuit put to the test this week beginning in Brooklyn

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With nine games remaining in a tight playoff race, the Pacers can play their way in or out this week against the other contenders for the final two playoff spots.

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Looking ahead at the Pacers' schedule, it appears by this time next week we should know the fate of their playoff hopes. Beginning on Tuesday night, the Pacers play at Brooklyn then on Wednesday at Boston before heading home to play Charlotte on Friday and Miami on Sunday.

All of the teams the Pacers have to beat out for a playoff position in one four-game week. Perfect.

Of course, the way this thing has played out, the five teams could still be bunched together by next Monday. But since the Pacers are trailing Brooklyn, Boston and Miami, winning more than they lose this week would seem critical.

The Nets shot the lights out at the Fieldhouse ten days ago to beat the Pacers. Brook Lopez had 26 points which is part of a current six-game stretch the Nets' center is enjoying with at least 20 points per game, including four games over 30 points. Frank Vogel will surely tap into the Pacers' defensive pride to urge a better effort and a road win would build nicely on the Pacers win over Dallas to add momentum for a patented Pacers streak of winning.

But there is no since looking ahead because each of the remaining nine games will be equally important if the Pacers hope to make the post-season.

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Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers at Nets | Indiana Pacers

Pacers-Nets Preview - AP

Nets' shooting remains clear in Vogel's mind as Pacers face key game in playoff race

Once again, Pacers show MoJo in FloJos | WFNI ESPN 1070 the Fan | Indy's SportsCenter

Big game between Nets and Pacers in Brooklyn - NetsDaily

‘We’ll see': Nets’ fingers crossed about Deron, Thaddeus Young | New York Post

Brook Lopez Leads Nets in Final Playoff Push, Could Opt Out of Deal - WSJ

NBA Playoff Picture Update: Raptors soar past Rockets | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

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