Nov 5, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) drives to the hole against Detroit Pistons small forward Kyle Singler (25) during the third quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pacers beat the Pistons 99-91. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Weekly Preview

This week presents an interesting batch of games. The Pacers will open up tonight with a game at home against divisional foe, Detroit Pistons. I think this one could be a bit closer than fans would like, but the Pacers should get the win by doing just enough. Paul George can bounce back from a rough game Friday night as I don’t believe the Pistons will have an answer for him.

Then, Wednesday and Friday, the Pacers will be featured on ESPN. Games against the Miami Heat in Miami and back home in Indy against the Houston Rockets. This is where I feel like the Pacers could drop one. That game in Miami is the one that scares me a bit, especially with the way the Pacers and Heat just played a game last Tuesday night. Lebron James could go off for some big points in this one, and the Pacers will have to be on their toes to make sure they steal one down in Miami.

The Rockets game to me is a great measuring stick for Roy Hibbert to see where his game is in relation to Dwight Howard. I think offensively Hibbert can be right there with Howard, even if Howard scores a bit more. Defensively, both guys are such protectors at the rim, they could end up cancelling each other out. But both guys should bring their A game in a battle of big men. I’m looking forward to this one.

Come Sunday, the Pacers get a visit from former Butler coach Brad Stevens in Indy. I expect he’ll get a hearty ovation from the crowd, but once the game hits, it should be all Pacers. I can see the team finishing this week 3-1 or 2-2,if they drop the middle two games. But overall, the Pacers would do well to get that win in Miami and continue padding the lead in the Conference over the Heat. Division wise, the Pacers could lose a game or two and still have some padding there. But the conference race is where things could tighten up if the Pacers were to lose a couple of games.

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