Indiana Pacers (19-14)
Milwaukee Bucks (16-15)
The Indiana Pacers are back in action tonight to hopefully put away a bad bad bad loss to the Boston Celtics last night. It was a good opportunity to put away a team that was reeling. But now the Pacers have to contend with the Milwaukee Bucks, who have beat them twice already this season. This is a good time to get a win, and get back in first place in the Central Division.
The Pacers need to take the Celtics approach from last night’s game, and be that physical more aggressive team. We know that David West is one of those that can turn it on when need be. I’d think tonight needs to start with him and getting a much better shooting percentage than last night. He needs to be in that mode of just give me the ball and let me work, that’s when West is at his best.
Paul George is the other guy that I look to rebound from yesterday’s performance. He was 4-18 from the field and just never had anything going. If he can turn that around, the Pacers should have a good shot at winning. Paul George needs to be aggressive against Marquis Daniels, who should be on him for most of the game.
Another guy to watch for is George Hill. He’s sat out the past three games, and no word on whether he’ll be available tonight. If he’s there though, the Pacers can hopefully get things going again. D.J. Augustin had been good in two starts in place of Hill, but last night he didn’t do much of anything. He’d have to contend with Brandon Jennings, who’s already gone off on the Pacers this season.
The defensive side of the ball is where the Pacers are going to have to lock down. Stopping some of the role players from scoring, like Mike Dunleavy, Larry Sanders, and such is a key to the game. Sure locking down Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings is important too. But if they’re the main guys scoring, I like the Pacers’ chance to win in this one. Overall, just a much better concentrated effort should get the job done tonight. The Pacers have won six in a row at home, which is the longest streak there in a couple of years. Knowing the Bucks have beat the Pacers should be some motivation to make sure the Pacers are on task tonight.