Indiana Pacers (14-12)
Cleveland Cavaliers (5-22)
Well the world hasn’t ended, so the Pacers and Cavs can meet tonight in a Central Division battle. Last time out, it took a gigantic defensive effort from the Pacers to pull away from a Cavs team that had an early double figures lead. The Cavs went on to score only 23 points in the second half, while the Pacers pulled away for the double figures win. A great and impressive win at home for the Blue and Gold, but this time they’re in the shadows of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A win tonight would be music to the team’s ears.
I don’t see much competition from the Cavs tonight as the Pacers are the better team. The better team should win the game. They might get some tough sledding at times during this one, but the Pacers should be able to pull away like the last game out. Look for Roy Hibbert to keep working on his shooting touch that’s been very hit and miss this season. More misses than hits, but he’s still right around the basket looking to score.
Paul George has been the scoring machine for the Pacers in the month of December. If he can continue this trend, there could be some consideration for Player of the Month honors. He’s already received Player of the Week for his play last week. That’s a first for a Pacer players since 2007-2008. George struggled in the beginning without Danny Granger in the line up. But I think the shift to small forward and letting him flow better has helped immensely. He looks confident out there, and wants to take taht shot. All the more better for when Granger makes his way back.
This should be another team effort to get the win, and the Pacers have a good chance at building some momentum as they play the Hornets tomorrow night, a team they’ve already taken care of earlier in the season. Another good week for the Pacers and they can be right there at the top of the Central Division. Time to tune up the band tonight and get that Blue and Gold the win.