This will also be the third game in four days for the Pacers, but the team will carry plenty of positive momentum into Orlando after beating Detroit and Miami with impressive second half effort and execution in both games. Will the good mojo of late be enough to overcome a schedule loss in waiting?
If so, it will be due to the way this team has spread the wealth and relied on a variety of different options to step forward when needed. Also, the Pacers catch Frank Vogel's Magic team struggling a bit after a strong 6-2 start in October. Orlando is 3-6 in November after losing their last four games. The first three of those losses at Denver, at Golden State and at Portland are hardly alarming, but the 125-85 loss at home to a struggling Utah team certainly raised concerns.
Vogel referred to the loss as his team's worst game of the season, so it should also concern the Pacers, since Orlando will be on point and ready to turn things around on Monday night. Plus, the Pacers know all about dumping a winnable game at home on the heels of a West Coast roadie.
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Pacers (9-8) at Magic (8-8) - 7:00 PM EDT at Amway Center
TV: FOX Sports Indiana/NBA TV
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected starting lineups
Pacers: Darren Collison (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner (C)
Magic: Elfrid Payton (PG), Terrence Ross (SG), Evan Fournier (SF), Aaron Gordon (PF), Nikola Vucevic (C)