T.J. Warren has been playing through a sore foot, but with just two seeding games remaining before the playoffs next week, Warren will sit this one out. The Pacers will also sit Malcolm Brogdon to rest his neck (and body). That adds Justin Holiday and Jakarr Sampson to the starting lineup, so effort shouldn’t be a problem.
As for the Rockets, they will be without Russell Westbrook which shifts the primary focus to James Harden, pending the super scorer’s interest in carrying a heavy load for this game. The Rockets will also get a boost from the return of local legend, Eric Gordon. EJ has not played in the bubble since spraining his ankle before the seeding games started. Regardless, Houston will still be bombing threes and spreading out the Pacers defense as much as possible.
Where: AdventHealth Arena, Orlando, FL
When: 4:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana/NBA TV
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Aaron Holiday, Victor Oladipo, Justin Holiday, Jakarr Sampson, Myles Turner
Rockets: James Harden, Eric Gordon, Ben McLemore, Robert Covington, P.J. Tucker
IND: T.J. Warren (sore foot) - out, Malcolm Brogdon (neck) -out, Domantas SabonisJ (foot) - out, Jeremy Lamb (knee) -out
HOU: Danuel House Jr. (toe sprain) - questionable, Russell Westbrook (quad contusion) - out
Enemy view: The Dream Shake
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