The Pacers are suddenly hunting for an elusive W after dropping their last two while giving up lots of points in the process. The injury impact caught up with the Pacers against a pair of quality teams which saw them struggle defensively while having too much firepower sidelined to keep up in a shootout.
The injury list is as light as it has been all season but remains heavy with firepower for the foreseeable with T.J. Warren and Caris LeVert out. But Myles Turner is going to give it a go despite a small fracture in his valuable right hand. The wrap he wears allows him to shoot the three and the bigger concern would be hitting the hand against a human, the ball or floor to make things worse.
As for the Magic, after a 4-0 start to the season they are struggling with injuries, as well. Their win over Minnesota earlier this week snapped a six-game losing streak, so like the Pacers they will remain hungry to add a W but are also running with a young team after several players have been ruled out with injury. The variety of left knee injuries filling the Magic injury list is as impressive as it is unfortunate.
With a pair of games against Toronto looming, the Pacers really need to get that winning feeling once again.
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, Edmond Sumner, Justin Holiday, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Magic: Cole Anthony, Dwayne Bacon, James Ennis III, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic
IND: Myles Turner (right hand) - questionable, T.J. Warren (foot) - out, Caris LeVert (medical condition) - out
ORL: Michael Carter-Williams (left foot) – questionable, Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) – out, Mohamed Bamba (health and safety protocols) – out, Markelle Fultz (left knee) – out, Jonathan Isaac (left knee) – out, Chuma Okeke (left knee) – out
Enemy view: Orlando Pinstriped Post
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