Both remaining games are the Capital One Arena which adds to the Wiz advantage they took after game one when they beat the Pacers at BLF, 111-102. This was the fifth consecutive win for Washington at the time following an injury to John Wall which has had the star guard sidelined for the last 16 games. The Wiz are inexplicably 11-5 since Wall went down. Well, at least trying to explain it gets uncomfortable for Wiz fans and front office types alike.
The Pacers saw what works for Washington as the Wizards had eight players in double figures, spreading the wealth and getting strong contributions off the bench. In the Pacers defense, they played without Victor Oladipo and Darren Collison in the first game which is no small issue. Oladipo has long since returned but Collison (knee) remains out.
The Wizards lost their last two games to Golden State and Toronto which is nothing alarming but for the Pacers' sake, maybe they lost some of the mojo that was gaining steam after a 5-1 stretch before the losses.
The Pacers officially welcomed Trevor Booker to the roster, although I wouldn't expect him to play much if any in Washington. The current schedule has the Pacers playing every other day through March 29, so there won't be much if any practice time available to break in Booker, he will just have to do what he does on the fly, hopefully fortifying the Pacers defense and rebounding effort off the bench.
The Pacers trail the fourth-place Wizards by a half game in the East, so that spot in the standings is up for grabs tonight, as well.
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Pacers (35-27) at Wizards (36-27) - 6:00 PM EDT at Capital One Arena
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)
Wizards: Tomas Satoransky (PG), Bradley Beal (SG), Otto Porter Jr. (SF), Markieff Morris (PF), Marcin Gortat (C)