Jan 30, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) drives to the basket and gets fouled against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana won 98-79. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers: Review of January

A day before the Indiana Pacers kick off the month of home court loving, so why not look back at this past month of January?  Coming up next month, the Pacers should be right back at the top of their division with as much home games as they are having.  With one of the best home records in the NBA and that current 12 game home winning streak, it will be great to string some wins together, and build up a great month for the final push towards the playoffs.

This past month has helped the Pacers make their push towards the top of the division at times, even though right now they’re a game and a half out of first place.  Conference wise they are in fifth place, but 4 games out of first place.  So every win could bump up the team another slot in the division and conference.

You look at the record for this month, and it’s 9-6 with three of those losses right in a row. So not a great record, but some great wins have come in January.  The Pacers took care of business against the Miami Heat and New York Knicks in two consective games.  Holding down both teams on the defensive end as they were well both their scoring averages.  Paul George really held his own against Lebron James in that Heat game, and will have to bring his best game against tomorrow night when the Heat come to Indy again.

The Pacers got two wins against the Western Conference in beating Memphis and Houston.  But then came that West Coast road trip, where the team lost three straight games.  They hadn’t lost back to back games since December, and hadn’t lost three straight since November.  Still pretty impressive to be able to bounce back like that in games.  They were able to finish off with a wall to wall win against the Detroit Pistons last night, and get some of their defensive prowess back as they sit second in points allowed per game.

It’s going to be key to get that defensive game going as we hit February.  Right off the bat, the Pacers will encounter Miami, Chicago, and Atlanta.  I think it’s going to be key that those games are at home for the Blue And Gold as they’ve played so well at home.  They haven’t lost at home since Friday December 7th against the Denver Nuggets.  They’ve had a few losses on Fridays, so they must not enjoy playing that night.

I’m going with a successful month for the Pacers as they were able to get those good wins.  We’ll see what February brings and it starts tomorrow with #BeattheHeat.

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