The Pacers expended a lot of energy to hold on to the win on Sunday with an eight-man rotation as Victor Oladipo sat out the SEGABABA. So, with no travel and no practice on Monday, and a boost from a fresh Vic, the Pacers should be ready to roll if Nate Bjorkgren sticks with the nine-man rotation he’s used so far this season.
The Pacers will face a more desperate Celtics team who is off to a frustrating 1-2 start thanks to a challenging schedule. The playoff feel of the first matchup should carry over with a second game in the same place. Adjustments will be made which may keep the Pacers from getting to the rim so often.
The Pacers only shot 26 threes on Sunday thanks to their ability to get inside. Brad Stevens will no doubt try to open up the arc to entice the Pacers to shoot more considering they are struggling to make the threes they are taking. Sounds like the perfect time for the Holiday’s and others to find the range and shoot at just an average rate.
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, Victor Oladipo, T.J. Warren, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Celtics: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Tristan Thompson, Daniel Theis
IND: Edmond Sumner (illness) - questionable, Jeremy Lamb (knee) - out, Brian Bowen II (groin) - out, Goga Bitadze (ankle) - out
BOS: Kemba Walker (knee) - out, Romeo Langford (wrist) - out, Tacko Fall (eye) - out
Enemy view: Celtics Blog
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