November 19, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots the ball over Washington Wizards power forward Trevor Booker (35) in the second half at Verizon Center. The Pacers won 96-89. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Host Washington Wizards: Game Preview

Indiana Pacers  (18-13)

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Washington Wizards  (4-25)

The Indiana Pacers look to continue their winning ways against the Washington Wizards.  Already winners of the past two games, the Pacers should be able to put away the Wizards in tonight’s game with as well as they’ve been playing.  George Hill will be a game time decision, but if D.J. Augustin plays as inspired as he did on Monday, the Pacers should be able to play without him.

Roy Hibbert should be able to bounce back from his recent sub par play as he’s played well against the Wizards.  Hibbert had 20 points last time out against them.  David West had a strong effort as well with his 30 points.  If the Pacers get that type of production, no reason to believe they won’t win this game.

The Wizards are without their star power in John Wall, but Bradley Beal has stepped up as much as he can.  But is that enough to overcome the defensive prowess of the Pacers.  For the Pacers to win this game, they need that defensive effort they brought in the fourth quarter in Monday’s win.  Those times of defense when they’ve allowed teams under double figures in a quarter.  The Wizards only get around 90 points a game, which is what the Pacers are allowing. I expect a great effort from the Pacers tonight, and what should be an easy win to set up the next four games which is going against tougher teams like the Heat, Celtics, Bucks, and Knicks.  That’s going to be the real test to see where the Pacers are heading.  We’ll call tonight a tune up game for that stretch.

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