Orlando Magic (13-36) at Indiana Pacers (36-10)
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Tip: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: Check local listings
Line: IND -15.0
The Indiana Pacers play host to the Orlando Magic Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST, with the Pacers favored to win by at least 15 points, according to the Vegas odds.
Orlando enters the matchup as the second-worst team in the NBA, in terms of wins and losses, at 13-36. Only the Milwaukee Bucks, a Central Division foe, are worse with just eight wins in 47 games (8-39).
The Magic played the Indiana Pacers tough on Opening Night back in October 2013, but the blue and gold held on to open the season with a win and begin their launch to the NBA’s best record 46 games in (36-10).
This is a different starting lineup that the Pacers will see tonight, however. Rookie of the Year candidate Victor Oladipo, an Indiana University product, has been in and out of the starting lineup this year. It looks as though he is a starter for good now though, as he averages 13.8 points, 3.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 32 minutes for the lowly Magic.
Oladipo was the second overall pick in June’s NBA draft.
Also in the starting lineup is Glen Davis, the big-bodied forward that gave Indiana fits in the playoffs back in 2012. Davis is quick on his feet and capable of hitting the mid-range jump shot.
Arron Afflalo is perhaps the biggest test for the Pacers, as he is versatile and averages 20+ points per game. Afflalo has resurrected his career with Orlando and can put up points in a hurry. Expect All-Star Paul George to get the task of defending Afflalo tonight.
As for the Indiana Pacers, they got back to their winning ways on Saturday night against the Brooklyn Nets in a close one. Indiana escaped 97-96, and completed the 4-0 sweep of Brooklyn for this year. It was a nice all-around performance for the Pacers’ starting five and should give them the momentum for a second straight victory tonight.
Indiana is playing on the first night of a back-to-back; the Pacers take on the Hawks in Atlanta Tuesday night.
The Magic stay competitive for a while, but Indiana wins this one, 96-82.