The Pacers look to wipe away the nightmare ending to their London trip on Monday afternoon when they host the Pelicans for a MLK Day 4 p.m. ET tip at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The good news is that the Pacers are 5-1 in their last six. The bad news is that the one loss was their only game in the last eight days and it was such a poor showing in London against Denver that the stench continues to overwhelm the sweet scent of those five consecutive wins preceding the London trip.
Can the Pacers pick up where they left off at home? This becomes an important game considering the Pacers hit the road for their next three with two of three games they should win, but could also surely drop on the road. They've lost the bit of ground gained after winning five straight since several other teams in the East have been winning more than losing while the Pacers have been idle. Any backslide now would have the Pacers fading in a hurry in the Eastern Conference Standings.
The Pelicans won the first meeting in New Orleans, rallying in the fourth quarter to win 102-95. Anthony Davis was a beast as can be expected with 35 points and 15 rebounds. But the guy who put the Pels over the hump for the win was rookie Buddy Hield who had a season-high 21 points (still a season high) with five three-pointers. Jrue Holiday also had a nice game with 14 assists. That backcourt duo is looking to bounce back after a poor showing in their last game, a loss to the Bulls, when Hield and Holiday combined for 3 points.
Rodney Stuckey remains out with a left hammy strain.
The Pacers should be able to let it all hang out against Knicks after a day off and four full off days until their next game in London against Denver.
Pelicans vs. Pacers