Indiana Pacers (24-15)
Orlando Magic (13-24)
THE INDIANA PACERS ARE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD! Did I get your attention with that? They may not be visiting Mickey and the gang, but they are in Orlando for a game with the Magic. If the Pacers play as well as they did last night, this might not be a game at all. The Pacers just muscled the Bobcats in all facets of the game. Rebounding was a huge margin. The score board was a huge margin. Points in the paint thanks to David West and Roy Hibbert was a big margin. It was one of the more complete games of the season for the Pacers as they held another team under 80 points. Talk about stingy defense.
They should be able to keep that rolling along against the Magic team who’s lost 11 out of the last 12, including six straight at home. Normally, home is where the heart is, but the Magic haven’t shown a lot of heart in their building only winning 7 out of their 13 wins. The Pacers aren’t the road beast they were last season, but two games on the road against inferior opponents should help build up that resume.
This is another good opportunity for the Pacers to show their post presence as I don’t think the Magic will have many answers for Roy Hibbert. Remember what he did to them during the playoffs last season with Dwight Howard missing, and it’s not like the Magic have improved in that area. This would be a great game for Hibbert to capture some of that shooting touch he’s lost. I would look for him to have a good game.
I would expect the Pacers to come out of the gates and put this Magic team away just like last night, and get some rest in for the trip home. Possibly a double figures win could be expected.