Nov. 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers mascot Boomer against the San Antonio Spurs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse The Spurs won 104-97. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers at San Antonio Spurs: Game Preview

Indiana Pacers (17-2)

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San Antonio Spurs  (15-3)

 

Nov. 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) drives to the basket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Spurs won 104-97. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers get their shot at stopping an eleven game losing streak to the San Antonio Spurs tonight as they enter the trifecta of toughness.  The Pacers will play the Spurs, then Oklahoma City Thunder, and come home to face the Miami Heat.  Talk about a fun stretch of games.  I know the games are going to be entertaining, but I am very unsure as what to expect the Pacers to do in each one.

Tonight’s match up should be one where the Pacers lock down on defense and try to will their way to a great victory.  That defense needs to step up against Tony Parker, who I believe is one of the keys to a win for the Pacers.

The Pacers will have to slow him down and not allow him to run rampant all over the floor.  George Hill is going to be up to the challenge of that as I believe he’ll get most of the defensive call to guard him.  Hill has been known to be a solid defender, but tonight’s game calls for more than solid.

The other area to watch is the ageless one Tim Duncan.  He’s a guy that just seems to get better with age like some fine wine. He hit for 23 points and 21 rebounds in Monday’s win against the Atlanta Hawks.  Oh yea, he hit the game winning shot, too. Just to add another piece to his legacy.  Duncan is a guy that I always knew would be good for his team, but who would have thought he’d be this good for this long.  David West will be opposite of him, and I don’t like that match up as Duncan has the size advantage.  But West will come to play and hopefully he’ll get the better of this.

A Pacers’ win tonight would be a great win for the team as they could finally snap this streak against the Spurs.  I knew it’s been a while since the Pacers had beat the Spurs, but who knew it was 11 games.  This is impressive when you consider the Pacers and Spurs only play once or twice a year.  Perhaps, this will be the NBA Finals preview as both teams looked poised to be there at the end of this year. But for now, we’ll enjoy a regular season meeting between two great teams.

 

Prediction wise, I am going to be a total homer and say the Pacers win by single digits.  If it’s more than five, I’ll be happy. I’ll be happy with any way, but the bigger the win, the happier I shall be.

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