Victor Oladipo will be in uniform and available to play for the first time in over a year which means the full roster will be at the Fieldhouse. Will they all play?
Malcolm Brogdon (concussion) and Myles Turner (illness) remain game-time decisons which would alter the evening quite a bit. Oladipo will likely come off the bench but will that plan change with two starters out of the lineup. Vic will have a minutes restriction so it shouldn’t matter in what form those minutes are played.
The Pacers have rolled past the Bulls in the first two meetings, one at home and one on the road. The Bulls have plenty of young talent to remain dangerous on any given night, although a couple of young studs remain on the injury list. Zach LaVine will get his and now doubt, Thaddeus Young in a starting role will want to make his presence felt.
But the game will hinge on how the Pacers handle the excitement, emotions and distractions surrounding Vic’s much-anticipated return to the floor.
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: Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren, TJ Leaf, Domantas Sabonis
Bulls: Tomas Satoransky, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Thaddeus Young, Luke Kornet
IND: Victor Oladipo (knee) - probable, Myles Turner (illness) - questionable, Malcolm Brogdon (concussion) - questionable
CHI: Wendell Carter Jr. (ankle) - out, Lauri Markkanen (right pelvis) - out, Otto Porter Jr. (right foot) - out, Daniel Gafford (thumb) - out, Max Strus (knee) - out
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