The Pacers (12-6) have a chance to move up in the Eastern Conference standings when they take on the 76ers (13-6) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.
A win would push the Pacers over the Sixers for 5th place in the East but nothing will be easy on the road against the long and talented Sixers. Both teams struggled against lesser opponents on Friday night and will be playing on a back-to-back.
While the Pacers had to rally and hold off Trae Young and the Hawks in OT, the Sixers needed a big second half, as well , to rally past the Knicks. One key difference in the two games was that the Sixers rested Al Horford and didn’t play Josh Richardson who is nursing a right hammy. Horford will be back in the lineup and Richardson is also expected to play pending pre-game assessment.
The Pacers remain healthy as the begin a five-game road trip after sweeping a four-game homestand which has them taking a five-game winning streak into Philly. Defense and rebounding will be normal keys to any success for the Pacers. As usual, Joel Embiid will be a major problem and minimizing his impact, maybe even enticing him to take as many threes as he’d like. Better yet, Myles Turner and Domas Sabonis have to force Embiid to expend some energy on defense.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana/NBA TV
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
76ers: Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford, Joel Embiid
IND: Victor Oladipo (knee) - out, Edmond Sumner (hand) - out, JaKarr Sampson (sore back) - questionable
PHI: Josh Richardson (right hamstring) - questionable, Kyle O’Quinn (left calf strain) - out
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