The Pacers woke up on Sunday in seventh place in the East and in desperate need of winning their next two games at home starting on Sunday to help solidify their playoff position. By the end of the night, things could change for better or worse. Atlanta and Milwaukee, two teams one game ahead of the Pacers, both play before the Pacers and Atlanta lost to Brooklyn. That’s good. The Bucks and Bulls will end around tip time at BLF. Also, Miami remains a game behind the Pacers and plays Boston while the Pacers are in action.
Glenn Robinson III remains on the shelf which creates problems for the Pacers already problematic reserve rotation just because of the flexibility Robinson can offer as a wing defender in the rotation. Nate McMillan started Monta Ellis in the second half against Denver, so we’ll see if he sticks with that plan which would let C.J. Miles play that flexible wing role. Both players would likely maintain the same amount of minutes.
The Sixers are not necessarily in tank mode as the season winds down after winning three of their last five games, including W’s over Boston and Chicago. Philly continues to play without Joel Embiid and will also be without Jahlil Okafor who also missed the game in Chicago with knee soreness. That means the Sixers will employ a smaller lineup with power forward Richaun Holmes at center next to rookie Dario Saric who has become a bona fide problem.
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76ers vs. Pacers - 6:00 p.m. ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups
Pacers: Jeff Teague (PG), Paul George (SG), C.J. Miles (SF), Thaddeus Young(PF), Myles Turner (C)
Sixers: T.J. McConnell (PG), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (SG), Robert Covington (SF), Dario Saric (PF), Richaun Holmes (C)