The Pacers return home to host the Spurs on Monday night which tips off a three-game homestand as part of the finishing stretch of the regular season with 11 of the final 16 games at the Fieldhouse. While where they play doesn’t seem to impact this version of the Pacers, the fact they have several off days sprinkled in the next two weeks of the schedule with minimal travel can’t hurt.
After a less than impressive effort in their loss to Atlanta on Sunday night, the Pacers are probably happy to have a back-to-back to move on from that performance and begin this home stretch. Not to mention, the Pacers are 8-4 in the second game of back-to-backs this year.
One of those wins came in San Antonio in early April when the Pacers went to overtime to beat the Spurs, 139-133. With the way the Pacers defense has played of late, the Pacers may need 130 to win once again. The Spurs and Pacers are in comparable situations in their respective conferences, both hanging on to play-in playoff spots despite not logging many over the past few weeks.
Myles Turner is a late scratch with news of a partial tear of of his plantar plater in his toe which doesn’t sound great. Turner is out indefinitely.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: 8:00 p.m. ET
TV: Bally Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert, Edmond Sumner, Justin Holiday, Domantas Sabonis
Spurs: Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, DeMar DeRozan, Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poetl
IND: Doug McDermott (ankle) - questionable, T.J. Warren (foot) - out, Myles Turner (right foot) - out
SAS: Trey Lyles (ankle) - out
Enemy view: Pounding The Rock
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