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Pacers vs. 76ers: Game thread, lineups, TV info and more

The Pacers try to slow down the Sixers in Philly on Tuesday night as both teams battle for playoff spots in the East.

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The Pacers stay on the road to play the 76ers on Tuesday night in a critical game for playoff seeding in the East.

The game tonight begins the Pacers 15-game finish to the regular season which is the toughest finish in the NBA. While sitting in third place, 11 games over .500 is a beautiful site, maintaining that lofty position will be a struggle, as will holding off the Sixers and other teams trailing close behind in the Eastern Conference standings.

In fact, a win tonight may be the difference in holding off the Sixers since the winner will hold the tie breaker between the teams. For the Pacers, a win puts them up by three games in the standings which becomes four games with the tie breaker. A loss by the Pacers draws Philly within a game in the standings which is essentially a tie with the Pacers.

The Pacers remain fully healthy but it appears Nate McMillan will continue starting Cory Joseph at point guard with Darren Collison running the reserve unit.

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Sixers (36-29) at Pacers (39-28) - 7:00 PM EDT at Wells Fargo Center

TV: FOX Sports Indiana

Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan

Projected starting lineups

Pacers: Cory Joseph (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner (C)

76ers: Ben Simmons (PG), JJ Redick (SG), Robert Covington (SF), Dario Saric (PF), Joel Embiid (C)