Much has changed since that last game for the Pacers and even moreso since their last game against Philly, a 101-95 win at the Fieldhouse on January 13. Neither Victor Oladipor nor Joel Embiid played in that last meeting which gave the Pacers a 2-1 edge in the season series.
This time around, both stars will be available to play but if and if so, how much they play will remain a story line from the tip to the final buzzer. Domantas Sabonis didn’t have his best game in that last meeting, struggling from the floor and only scoring 10 points, but his 16 rebounds will be missed as he watches from home while nursing his left foot.
The Sixers will have a different look, as well with Shake Milton playing point guard and Ben Simmons taking on a big Swiss army knife role at power forward. That length up front will be a challenge for the Pacers who will play small with Aaron Holiday in the lineup.
Prior to the game, Nate McMillan revealed that Malcolm Brogdon will sit out the return to action with some neck stiffess. However, he has Vic in the starting lineup along with Justin Holiday to replace Brogdon.
The Pacers will employ a new style of play without Sabonis which should be interesting to watch, especially against the challenging matchup Philly presents. Both teams are tied in the standings and begin the battle for playoff seeding with the ball tips on Saturday night.
Where: VISA Athletic Center, Orlando, FL
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Aaron Holiday, Justin Holiday, Victor Oladipo, T.J. Warren, Myles Turner
76ers: Shake Milton, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid
IND: Malcolm Brogdon (neck) - out, Domantas Sabonis (foot) - out, Jeremy Lamb (knee) - out, Goga Bitadze (knee) - questionable
PHI: Raul Neto (back) - probable, Glenn Robinson III (hip) - doubtful, Zhaire Smith (knee) - out
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