Game Night: Pacers Try to Make Tonight a Season Turning Point as Denver Visits

It’s the Pacers vs. the Pacers West. Both the Indiana and Denver were some peoples’ dark-horse favorites to reach their respective Conference Finals this season. So far, however, both teams look like pushovers compared to the league’s elite. The Pacers are 10-9 to the Nuggets’ 9-10.

The home team tonight is coming on stronger. They have won four of their last five, including wins on the road against the Lakers, Kings and Bulls. (Also, the Blazers at home on Wednesday.) Denver, meanwhile, continues to have a wacky season. It has had an odd schedule, playing 13 of its first 19 games on the road and oscillating between winning streaks and losing streaks. Lately, it has been more defeats than victories as the Nuggets lost four of their past five, falling to the Jazz, Warriors, Lakers, and Hawks while only beating the lowly Raptors.

Pacers fans will be hoping both trends hold tonight.

If they do, the Pacers will move to 11-9 on the season and have a head full of confidence when the face Oklahoma City on Sunday and head into a weak week in their schedule. If not, they may be setting themselves up for a two-game losing streak — followed by two more days of self-questioning before they try not to lose to any more bad teams.

(Note: Kosta Koufos sat out Denver’s last game with the flu, so it may be Timofey Mozgov, or less likely, JaVale McGee, starting at center. I can’t say I honestly tried too hard to find out which would be there since, ya know, whatever.)

Tonight’s Projected Starters

George Hill Ty Lawson

PG

Lance Stephenson Andre Iguodala

SG

Paul George Danilo Gallinari

SF

David West Kenneth Faried

PF

Roy Hibbert Kosta Koufos

C

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