The Pacers return home to the friendly environs of Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take on the Denver Nuggets on Sunday evening.
After sending a rough week plus on the road out west, the Pacers should get a boost from the home crowd, but they will still be without Darren Collison who missed the last two games with a quad contusion.
The Pacers started the 0-fer trip against these same Nuggets, delivering an impressive first half performance before fading in a lethal third quarter that was too much to overcome late, despite the Pacers’ best effort.
Nikola Jokic is the goods for Denver and while he was tossed early, still did enough to impact the Nuggets win over the Pacers last weekend. His 26 points lead the Nuggs’ starting unit, all of whom finished the game in double figures.
Myles Turner had 15 and 5 against the Nuggets in Denver while dealing with Jokic. Hopefully, he’ll have more for the Nuggs this time around while playing on his 23rd birthday (yes, this is year four and he’s only 23).
The Pacers appear ready to play their regular rotation to try to keep pace against the Celtics in the East who play San Antonio later on Sunday. No easy task against the top team in the West, riding a six-game winning streak.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: 5:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Cory Joesph, Wesley Matthews, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
Nuggets: Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Will Barton, Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic
IND: Victor Oladipo (right knee) - out, Darren Collison (right quad contusion) - out
DEN: Michael Porter Jr. (lower back) - out
Enemy view: Denver Stiffs
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