Indiana Pacers (15-12)
New Orleans Hornets (5-21)
Last time out the Hornets and Pacers needed an extra time period to take care of things. But the Pacers were able to take control of that overtime session by a score of 18-10. Tonight, the Pacers are much better than that, and should be able to put away the Hornets. Paul George will be the man to watch as he scored a franchise record 9 three pointers on his way to 37 points in that game. This team is a bit more balanced now, so I don’t think he’ll get near that mark, but if he can, then the Pacers should definitely win this game.
Roy Hibbert didn’t want to be outdone in that game as well with his first career triple double. He’s seem to have found a better shooting touch, so he should be around that 10-15 points range. Even more would be ideal, especially against Robin Lopez. Roy Hibbert had talked about a small injury to his right hand that’s slowly getting better, which should help the shooting percentage.
This Pacers team has looked so much better in the past couple of weeks. Before hand, with this type of game, I had that small feeling the Pacers could win, but wouldn’t be surprised if the Hornets pulled off some upset. Now with some wins under the belt, and the defense working so well, this is a game the Pacers SHOULD win. Those were the type of games last year’s team had, and it’s a good feeling seeing that again.