Dec 31 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies: Game Preview

Indiana Pacers  (25-16)


Memphis Grizzlies  (26-13)

The Indiana Pacers are walking in Memphis today with their feet on the ground ready for a game with the Grizzlies.  I had to put some song in there right?  And with the early tip off time of 1:00 PM (local time), I have to get this game preview up for your viewing pleasure.  It’s an ESPN game, which is good national attention for the team, and good exposure for Paul George to show off his All Star ability.  Us Pacer fans know he deserves the nod for an All Star reserve role, now we have to convince the Eastern Conference people who put that together.

This game might not be an offensive shoot out those for those of you that love those type of games.  But for those of you that love hard nosed defense and tough physical play, you’re in a treat.  Last time out, I predicted first one to 80 points wins the game.  Then as the game went on, I raised my prediction to 90, and the Pacers hit 88 to win the game.  This one is probably more of the same.

Both teams are one and two in scoring defense, so points are hard to come by.  Both teams have big men in the middle who alter a lot of shots in Roy Hibbert for the Pacers and Marc Gasol for the Grizzlies.  This is the match up to keep an eye on.  Gasol got the better end on points 13-9.  But then Hibbert got the better end on rebounds 6-2. I would expect some bigger numbers this game out if shots aren’t falling. Both guys have that knack for getting to the ball with their length.

Paul George is the guy I will be watching as the reserves for All Star teams are announce Thursday, and here’s a great way to show off his game. He’s becoming such a complete player and is showing veteran presence out there in his third year.  I knew this would be the year that he could break out or fizzle away, and I’m glad he choose the first option. He’s got that confidence out there that you look for in a player.  I think he’s the guy that the Pacers can call upon for a big shot soon enough.

Today’s game could come down to those big shots.  Last time out the Pacers were up most of the game, but had to keep building on the lead.  If the Pacers win today, it would be a sweep of the season series for the first time since 2006-2007.  Who knows maybe this could be a NBA Finals preview?  Two teams that have lots of talent, but no big superstar battling it out on the defensive end.  Can you just imagine how the NBA would feel about that match up?  I expect the Pacers to pull out the victory and continue their hold on the Central Division lead.

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