Indiana Pacers (13-11)
Milwaukee Bucks (12-10)
Plenty of items to keep an eye on for this meeting between the Bucks and Pacer. Roy Hibbert returns from a small bruise injury that kept him out of the second half of Saturday’s win against the Pistons. Paul George looks to continue his scoring binge and earn more accolades for his work last week. The Pacers lost to Milwaukee by 14 last time out, so they look to avenge that lost and get a game back in the standings. Just an early meeting between these two teams, but I think a lot could come from this.
Things seem to be a bit chippy last time out, so I would imagine the refs keep an eye on how guys are physically with each other. But I like that idea things are chippy, it shows both teams want this game. I hope Hibbert can come out strong and continue his turnaround from a slow start. His scoring is still down a bit, but the defense has been stellar.
The Pacers as a team have been quite the defensive squad. It helps keep them in games when the scoring isn’t there. I don’t imagine this being a high scoring affair if the Pacers have their way. Paul George looks for another good week as he earned Player of the Week honors last week. A first for a Pacers player since Danny Granger back in 2007-2008. He’s starting to fully see what he can do. He’s become more of a defensive guy as well with his length. If the Pacers hope to win this game, the defense has to be there. The Bucks have some scorers in Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. Slowing those guys down will help out and keep this at the pace the Pacers want to play. It should be a more competitive game than last outing. With the Pacers playing much better than that previous meeting, I look for them to take this one with a late push to win the game.