Indiana (23-15, lost last three) @ Orlando (26-15, won last one)
* 93.93 points per game (23rd in the NBA) vs. 91.68 points allowed per game (5th)
* 43.8% FG (14th) vs. 43.4% FG allowed (10th)
* 43.44 rpg (8th) vs. 41.90 rebounds allowed (14th)
*20.44 apg (17th) vs. 15.22 TO pg (21st)
* 95.13 ppg (15th) vs. 92.16 points allowed (8th)
* 42.7% FG (26th) vs. 42.8% FG allowed (8th)
* 43.84 rppg (4th) vs. 43.13 rebounds allowed (21st)
* 17.9 appg (30th) vs. 14.5 TO pg (11th)
PG-Darren Collison vs. Jameer Nelson
SG-Paul George vs. Jason Richardson
SF-Danny Granger vs. Hedo Turkoglu
PF-David West vs. Ryan Anderson
C-Roy Hibbert vs. Dwight Howard
Orlando-Chris Duhon, J.J. Redick, Glen Davis
Indiana-Tyler Hansbrough, A.J. Price, Dahntay Jones, George Hill
Injuries of note
Orlando-Jason Richardson (ankle, day-to-day)
Indiana-Jeff Foster (back, out), George Hill (shoulder, game time decision)
The Pacers have handled Orlando on the road, but struggled with them at home thus far, losing twice at Banker’s Life Field House. So tonight’s game at the Amway Center may complete the somewhat backwards pattern the two teams have been on this year, with each team sweeping the other on the road. After an excruciating near-miss last night in OT vs. the Heat, Indiana has little time to breathe and collect itself before tonight’s tilt with an Orlando team with whom they are in direct competition for playoff seeding.
Dwight Howard has been up and down vs. the Pacers, but he was brilliant last Thursday in a road win vs. the Bulls. Howard put up a 29/18 double-double, hitting 7-10 free throws and 11-19 shots. Howard and the rest of the Magic have had some time to rest, and will get the Pacers at their most emotional, following a truly heartbreaking loss, and will look to take advantage.
George Hill missed last night’s game, and may not go tonight. The Magic, while not as deep as Indiana, is not really suffering on the injury front, aside from Jason Richardson (ankle) who may play. Orlando is underachieving this season, to some degree, and the Pacers are skilled enough to hang with them, even in back-to-back situations.
Still nothing surprising out of these squads. If Richardson plays he busted his slump on Thursday with four threes and 18 points. If he’s out though, Redick may have an opportunity for big minutes, which will make him valuable.
Lucas Klipsch FTW. Follow him on Twitter @LukeNukem317