The Pacers will try to sweep their season series against the Bulls on Tuesday night, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy.
Both teams are different since they last met, the Bulls drastically so after dealing three rotation players at the trade deadline and incorporating a couple of new faces in the rotation.
Otto Porter Jr. arrived via a deal with Washington for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker which has helped bolster the starting lineup and the Bulls. The Bulls have won five of their last seven games with a young core of players actually giving the effort Jim Boylen was struggling to demand after he took over the team from Fred Hoiberg earlier in the season.
The Pacers have leaned on that formula all season but arrive at the Fieldhouse tonight amidst questions about their effort after losing two of their last three games without the effort beast that is Domas Sabonis coming off the bench. Sabonis will be out, again but the Pacers will have no excuse for not putting forth a winning effort when they look at the standing and the upcoming schedule.
Still, nothing will be easy against the Bulls. None of the prior three wins were easy with all requiring late-game heroics for the Pacers to grab the W.
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, Wesley Matthews, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
Bulls: Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markkanen, Robin Lopez
IND: Victor Oladipo (sore knee) - out, Domantas Sabonis (left ankle) - out
CHI: Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb) - out, Denzel Valentine (left ankle) - out, Chandler Hutchison (right toe) - out
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