The Pacers wrap up Basketball Day Indiana when they host the Mavericks on Saturday night.
That means rookie sensation, Luka Doncic will make his Fieldhouse debut while his teammate Dirk Nowitzki COULD be making his final appearance in Indy. Dirk has played sparingly of late and all indications point toward this being his last season. If so, the Mavs appear in good shape with a rising star in Doncic taking over as the face of the franchise.
Doncic, just 19 but with loads of Euro pro experience, leads the Mavs in scoring at over 20 points per game along with five assists and almost seven rebounds.
But forget the Mavs, the Pacers have to focus on what they are doing and get back on track after an abysmal shooting performance against the Sixers which seemed to impact their defensive effort.
The Mavs are no easy out this year and the Pacers will have to raise their level of play to find that winning groove at home once again.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
Mavericks: Luka Doncic, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Maxi Kleber, DeAndre Jordan
Injury update: t
DAL: J.J. Barea (right Achilles)- out, Dennis Smith Jr. (illness) - ou
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