The Indiana Pacers have been looking really really good. When I looked at ESPN’s Accuscore predictions, I expected they would favor the Philadelphia 76ers. However, the favored the Pacers in tonight’s home-opener at Conseco Fieldhouse, saying the Pacers have a 76-percent chance of winning. Indiana was able to prove the simulations of Accuscore last night, beating the Charlotte Bobcats with a second-half comeback, cruising towards a 104-101 with Tyler Hasnbrough’s hustle and Danny Granger’s production.
Hansbrough is hoping for another big opportunity. If he keeps playing like this, I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins the power forward job over Josh McRoberts.
“Whenever the opportunity came I was going to step up and go out there and try to play my game and prove that I can help the team out a little bit,” said Hansbrough, who finished with twelve points in his return to North Carolina.
The Pacers three-headed monster has been unstoppable in the last two games. Take a look at the production:
Granger: 27.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists
Collison: 16.8 points, 8.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds
Hibbert: 16.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists
This is some serious production here. All of these guys have a chance to become All-Stars this season, easily. But the Pacers need to watch out, especially Hibbert. Elton Brand is so far the 76ers’ main big man and the last time the Pacers went against the Sixers, a couple of times it was Brand leading the way and was being unstoppable.
Hibbert is more improved, and he could be the one stopping both Spencer Hawes and Brand. Mostly Brand, however, as Hansbrough or McRoberts will most likely try covering Hawes more. But don’t be surprised seeing Hibbert and Brand going at it.
The most interesting match-ups will be Danny Granger versus Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala, as both of them will be rotating at the small forward position for Philly. Iguodala is leading the Sixers with 18.5 points per game. Philadelphia is so far 0-2 while Indiana is 1-1.
For me, I expect a win, none the less. The Sixers don’t have the production Indiana has been putting up lately. Pacers all the way. If Indy gets a win, they need to watch out, however, as they could see a much more improved Sixers team when they face them again on Wednesday night.
Looking for a good match-up. Enjoy the game folks as the Pacers open up at home, finally!
Topics: Andre Iguodala, Charlotte Bobcats, Conseco Fieldhouse, Danny Granger, Darren Collison, Elton Brand, Evan Turner, Indiana Pacers, Josh McRoberts, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Roy Hibbert, Spencer Hawes, Tyler Hansbrough