Indiana Pacers (16-12)
Phoenix Suns (11-18)
The state of Indiana can use some hot sun to melt away this snow sitting around, and there’s more snow on the way. But Banker’s Life Fieldhouse will be warm and toasty as the Pacers FINALLY get to play a game of basketball. Off for almost a week, I am hoping the team isn’t too rusty. They were scheduled to play Wednesday night against the Bulls until that got postponed three hours before tip off. Still no word on the make up game, but that one should be quite the game. Tonight the Pacers get the Suns coming off three straight losses and possibly without their best player in Goran Dragic. The Pacers could be without the services of Lance Stephenson and Gerald Green who are being listed as day to day with small injuries. Green hurt himself in the game last Saturday, so it remains to be seen if he’s going tonight.
But the Pacers should be able to take advantage of a weak Suns team with some power in the post. Roy Hibbert hopefully can continue to play through the wrist injury that was just brought up a week ago, and has affected his shot. Many people were questioning what was wrong with Hibbert, but nothing was definite. Now that word is out that his right wrist was feeling weak, that could be why his shooting was so low. He was using his left hand more often, and couldn’t power through with the right as much. But it looks to be improving and as long as Hibbert plays well on the defensive end, this team can win.
David West is coming off a great second half against the Hornets, where he scored 20 out his 25 points. Tonight I look for him to step up and come out strong in all quarters. With the rest this team has had, I hope they come out strong and put the Suns away early. Even if they can’t put it away early, I can see the Pacers winning this game by double figures.