Before heading home to try to avenge their lopsided loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, the Pacers (11-11) will wrap up their five-game west coast road trip tonight against the Dallas Mavericks.
The last time these two teams met, Myles Turner became the first Pacer since Jermaine O’Neal (back in 2001 against the Cleveland Cavaliers) to score at least 30 points in a game while grabbing 16 rebounds to go along with four blocked shots.
“In his second year, he’s already a terrific player,” Rick Carlisle told the Star-Telegram’s Dwain Price of Indiana’s 20-year-old starting center. “And yet, he’s really only scratched the surface of what I believe his long-range capabilities could be.”
With Turner poised to test the limits of his potential in front of his hometown, Dallas will be without J.J. Barea (calf), Seth Curry (knee), Andrew Bogut (knee), and Dirk Nowitzki (achilles).
The Mavericks (4-17) held a 35-minute team meeting following what head coach Rick Carlisle described as an “inexcusable” second half performance against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday evening. Scoring a measly 37 points over the game’s final two frames, Harrison Barnes said the blowout loss did a “disservice” to the fans in attendance. After dropping three of their last four homes games, the injury-riddled, west-trailing Mavericks should be motivated to get back on track before traveling to Houston on Saturday.
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Pacers vs. Mavericks - 8:30 p.m. ET at American Airlines Center
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Odds: Bovada has the Pacers at -5.0 favorites
Radio: 103.3 ESPN, 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups
Pacers: Jeff Teague (PG), Monta Ellis (SG), Paul George (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner (C)
Mavericks: Deron Williams (PG), Wesley Matthews (SG), Harrison Barnes (SF), Dorian Finney-Smith (PF), Salah Mejri (C)