Indiana Pacers (23-15)
Charlotte Bobcats (9-28)
Hey didn’t the Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Bobcats just play each other? Yes, yes they did. Saturday night in Indianapolis. Now the Pacers travel to Charlotte for a home game for the Bobcats. It’s one of those odd scheduling quirks. The Pacers have played a game in between, but it’s still like they just played each other.
Last time out, the Pacers got the better of the Bobcats after the Bobcats got the better of the Pacers in their home opener. In that first meeting, the Bobcats were in the middle of a long long long losing streak, so it had to snap at some point. The Pacers suffered their first loss to the Bobcats in ten tries as they had a 9 game winning streak against the team. It looked like a bad loss for the Pacers, but they’re sitting at 23-15 with a first place stake in the Central Division.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats have won 9 games. Total. They started out 7-5, and have won 2 games since then. Not exactly a hot start to the season. But this is the Bobcats who had the league worst win total last season, and didn’t see much improvement this season.
The Pacers hope to break their current three game road losing streak with this trip to Charlotte. They beat the Bobcats on Saturday on their way to ten straight wins at home. The road is where you have to get some wins, and tonight would be the best place for the Pacers to get that win.
Paul George was back Sunday night, and should be a force to be reckon with tonight. He was getting his legs under him Sunday, and should be even better tonight. David West recorded his first triple double of his career against the Bobcats, and is another option to have a good game against the Bobcats. Lance Stephenson, if available, averages a scoring best 16 points against Charlotte. Yet another option to have a good game if he’s available to play.
The Pacers should be able to snap out of that small funk from the fourth quarter on Sunday night, and get back in the win column. It would be nice to have a comfortable lead in this one, so the starters can rest and gear up for the trip to Orlando tomorrow night.