Indiana has won three games in a row and broken out of its slump. They are as healthy as they are going to be the rest of the way, unfortunately losing Jeremy Lamb to a torn ACL just last week, ending his season prematurely.
However, this allows them to keep Aaron Holiday in the rotation and see what he can bring when the games start to take on more meaning. It helps that he already plays with his brother Justin, but now a real chance to shine is there.
San Antonio, on the other hand, is now a little slimmer at the center spot. With LaMarcus Aldridge already out, they lost Jakob Poeltl to a knee injury that will keep him out for at least tonight. This forces Drew Eubanks into the rotation, and also adds pressure on Trey Lyles to perform well in his expanded role.
Rookie Luka Samanic has not seen the court yet, but the 6-10 20-year-old could possibly get his opportunity this evening if Pop is feeling up to it.
The spread for tonight favors visiting Indy by two. The over/under is set at 220.5.
Pacers looking for fourth win in a row
This year, there are six clearly GOOD teams in the East, the other nine all hanging out below .500 and just waiting on the year to end. Indy marks the cutoff point, and at 36-24, they are in the #6 spot now. If the playoffs began today, it would be a rematch with Boston, both teams looking very different than the last time around.
They will surely hope to take on Philly or Miami and avoid the Celtics and Raptors, given how dangerous they can be. There is a little added pressure on this year’s team following three consecutive first-round exits under Nate McMillan.
It was great to see Victor Oladipo playing so well against the Cavs, as he tries to get back into tip-top form. They are led by young All-Star big man Domantas Sabonis, who continues to crush it. TJ Warren is also a walking bucket.
Spurs looking to make it two in a row
Some years, it just doesn’t work out how you want it to. That is the motto of this year’s Spurs. Shocking us all, they got off to a 5-12 start, something that had not happened since before they took Tim Duncan No. 1 overall in the 1997 NBA Draft.
And it is equally shocking that it comes off a year in which they took the Nuggets to seven games in the opening round of the playoffs. They didn’t subtract much while getting Dejounte Murray back and into the lineup for this season. A rebuild is likely coming this summer, so it’ll be interesting to see who is at the helm if Pop doesn’t stay.
They are still generally a tough out, and tonight is no different. Look for DeMar to have a big night.
Pacers win a close one
Bet on the road warriors as they will win their fourth straight!
Free Play: IND -2
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