The Pacers played one of their best games of the year to date at the time when they beat the Celts 122-117 in the first game back on December 11. Malcolm Brogdon was a monster, scoring 10 of his 29 points in the final four minutes. Brogdon was 15-15 from the free throw line that night, all part of his effort to close out the C’s and add the W for the Pacers.
Brogdon will not be available for this meeting, but Victor Oladipo is back since that game in December. Jeremy Lamb and Doug McDermott are also now out. McDermott is getting close to returning but is not expected to play, via J. Michael.
As for the Celts, they have lost four of their last five games and will be without Jaylen Brown who will miss his fourth consecutive game with a right hammy. Whether they win or lose, Jayson Tatum has been beasting on the court and will be priority one for the Pacers defense. With the Celtics desperate to get back in the win column, the Pacers will be in trouble if they return home and exhale after that 4-1 road trip.
There’s a reason Boston is favored by at least three points depending on where you look.
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: Aaron Holiday, Victor Oladipo, T.J. Warren, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Celtics: Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis
IND: Malcolm Brogdon (quad) - out, Jeremy Lamb (knee) - out, Doug McDermott (right big toe) - doubtful, Victor Oladipo (knee) - questionable
BOS: Robert Williams (back strain) - probable, Jaylen Brown (right hamstring) - out
Enemy view: Celtics Blog
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