The Pacers return to the road on Wednesday night where they have been, well, killed of late, dropping their last eight roadies.
Quality competition, along with a weird national TV phobia, have made all of those losses challenging tasks and that won’t change tonight when the Pacers visit the Oklahoma City Thunder for a game broadcast on ESPN (and FSI for the CD and Quinn-philes).
The Pacers should be as healthy as they have been in over a month with Darren Collison expected to return. DC, Myles Turner, Domas Sabonis and Tyreke Evans have all missed games of late for various ailments. None made a rapid return, utilizing the recovery time to also rest for the season stretch run and playoffs. A healthy roster along with a couple of days off before traveling should have the Pacers in good shape to go at the Thunder.
As for OKC, after losing on a Wesley Matthews tip 10 days ago, the Thunder lost the next three games and are 1-5 in the last six. The bad stretch has added some desperation to OKC’s game. They quickly went from battling for home court in the playoffs, to fighting for a better matchup. After the Spurs lost last night, the Thunder moved up to seventh place in the West but are still just 1.5 games behind fifth-place Utah.
So both teams find themselves fighting for favorable playoff position with two weeks to go in the regular season.
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
When: 8:00 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN/FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Darren Collison, Wesley Matthews, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Terrance Ferguson, Paul George, Jerami Grant, Steven Adams
IND: Victor Oladipo (right knee) - out, Darren Collison (thigh contusion) - questionable
OKC: Andre Roberson (left petellar tendon) - out
Enemy view: Welcome to Loud City
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