Game Night: Pacers Look for Two in a Row at the Q


The Cavs have lost five games straight and may be without Anderson Varejao tonight. That spells good news for your Indiana Pacers, which are hoping to build on the thrashing they gave the Jazz the other night as they attempt to continue moving in a new direction towards the New Year. Really, no matter where the game is played, there is no reason that Indiana shouldn’t be able to bully Cleveland, a team it stomped less than two weeks ago.

All’s well in on the Paul George beat, as the team’s best player so far in December had another spectacular evening against Utah. He should continue to eat tonight since no wing on the Cavaliers is in his weight class (figuratively).

The most interesting individual performance, however, will be Roy Hibbert.

The big fella scored 8 of Indiana’s first 12 points against the Jazz, and the Cavs also a league-high 64.4% shooting in the restricted area. Anyone who watches Hibbert fight for position knows he doesn’t make it that close to the hoop often, but especially if Varejao isn’t down low, he should have his fair share of chances to get easy buckets tonight. Tyler Zeller was marred by foul trouble in the teams’ last meeting and shouldn’t prove difficult to score against this evening either.

Tonight’s Projected Starters

George Hill Kyrie Irving


Lance Stephenson Dion Waiters


Paul George Alonzo Gee


David West Tristan Thompson


Roy Hibbert Tyler Zeller


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