Jan 5, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) goes up for a dunk against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 95-80. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks

This one of those team battles that caught me off guard with the emotion involved.  The past few games between the Bucks and Pacers have resulted in more chippy-ness than most fans would realize. I don’t know what exactly it was, but for whatever reason, there seemed to be a fire on both sides that came out.  I know the Bucks had Mike Dunleavy for the past couple of years who looked to be in the middle of this. Maybe he wasn’t happy with how things went during his time in Indiana.  Also, Larry Sanders on the Bucks’ side seems to be a bit of hot headed, and that could play a factor in this year’s upcoming series.

The Bucks have some size that can actually contend with the Pacers, but I think talent wise they’re not quite there.  The Pacers should have plenty of advantages over all, and I don’t think this will be much of a battle when it comes down to it.  Brandon Knight of the Bucks could be someone to watch in all of this as he’s with the team as a new comer, and one of those up and coming point guards.  The Pacers sometimes struggle with point guard defense, so he could have a good game or two.  But who’s going to step up and stop Paul George on from the Bucks?  Caron Butler? Marquis Daniels?  You could probably put both guys out there, and George still will find a way to beat them.

I think this could be a fun series to watch with that extra physicality that might come up. But then again, if the Pacers are as good as advertised, this won’t be a pleasure from the Milwaukee side. I just don’t have much faith in what Milwaukee has put together, and think it’s going to take time for their new pieces like Gary Neal and Knight to really meld into whatever they’re doing up there.  The Pacers have so much on the other side that they should take 3 out of 4 games.  And I would even say those games shouldn’t be competitive if things are rolling for the Blue and Gold.

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