The Pacers (14-7) complete their four-game season series against the Pistons (8-14) on Friday night in Detroit.
Seems strange that the Pacers will be done with the Pistons before Christmas, let alone the first week of December, but the NBA schedule makers made it so and now the Pacers are trying to even the series after just finishing 2-0 sweeps of the Thunder and Grizzlies.
The two losses to the Pistons came during the Pacers 0-3 start to the season when Detroit was missing Blake Griffin. Obviously, much has changed since that start, most importantly the Pacers have gone 14-4 which included a 112-106 win over the Pistons in game three back at BLF, also sans Griffin.
Griffin returned on Nov. 11 and has missed two games since, but the Pistons are 4-6 in games with Griffin. Along with Andre Drummond’s stout presence around the rim, the Pistons backcourt presented problems for the Pacers early in the season. Now, Reggie Jackson is out but Derrick Rose remains a problem off the bench. Luke Kennard nuked the Pacers in the first game of the year but he missed the team’s last game and is questionable for the Pacers.
The Pacers expect Edmond Sumner to be available, which would give the Pacers their healthiest roster since opening night.
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Pistons: Bruce Brown, Luke Kennard, Tony Snell, Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond
IND: Victor Oladipo (knee) - out, Jakarr Sampson (back) - doubtful
DET: Luke Kennard (knee) - questionable, Reggie Jackson (lumbar stress reaction) - out, Khyri Thomas (right foot) - out
Enemy view: Detroit Bad Boys
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