Indiana Pacers (10-9)
Denver Nuggets (9-10)
This is a game that the Pacers and Nuggets will play in, and I’m very unsure about what to expect. Both teams are about the same trying to win the game without that major star power. You have two teams using all players to their best abilities to win the game. Two teams trying to get that national recognition as they search for answers about their team.
Perhaps the Pacers can use their defense to slow this game down to their own pace as that’s what they will need to do. The Nuggets are averaging over 100 points a game, and the Pacers haven’t cracked 100 points in the past six games. That’s why this Pacers defense, which is becoming the calling card, will have to step up.
George Hill will have to step up and slow down Ty Lawson. Paul George will need to continue his upswing. Roy Hibbert needs to hit those bunny shots that he’s been missing. David West needs to continue his emergence as the leader of this Pacers team. Plenty of things need to happen in order to give the Pacers a chance in this game.
With the way they have been playing, I do have some confidence in the Pacers as they look to turn that corner and stay above .500. It won’t be easy this evening, and could be even harder tomorrow night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But what quality wins that would be for this team as they look for something like that.
Friday nights haven’t been kind to the team since they are 2-3, but the friendly confines of Banker’s Life Fieldhouse could give the Pacers that slight edge they need. They seem to play so much better as the energy in the building helps the team put together a good flow of offense. Like I said in the beginning, who knows what to expect. I am not going to try to make a prediction other than a Pacers win. But will it be that simple?