Indiana Pacers (41-13) at Milwaukee Bucks (10-44)
Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Tip: 8:30 p.m. EST/ 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: Check local listings
Line: IND -11.5
If there was ever a time the Indiana Pacers could use a win, tonight would be that time.
Indiana has gone 6-4 in its past 10 games, and stares at a series of matchups against teams with sub-.500 records. That means now is the time for the Pacers to pull away in the Eastern Conference standings.
Everyone knows that as spring nears, the competition gets tougher. Thus is the case for the Indiana Pacers, as teams will be out to beat them and gear toward the playoffs.
The players were down, and understandably so, following Thursday’s trade that sent reserve swingman Danny Granger to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the versatile Evan Turner and role player Lavoy Allen. However, it’s time to refocus and the guys know that.
Three new faces – Turner, Allen and center Andrew Bynum – are a part of the team now and that’s the group moving forward. This is the time to get down to business, put the clamps on and win ballgames, plain and simple.
The Indianapolis Star’s Curt Cavin provided a quick update on the status of Turner and Allen for tonight’s game in Milwaukee:
Vogel: New #Pacers Turner and Allen in Indy today for physicals.
— Curt Cavin (@curtcavin) February 22, 2014
Although the two are in Indy, they are not scheduled to play versus the Bucks at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, according to The Star’s Candace Buckner:
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 22, 2014
However, there is a slight chance backup center Bynum sees the floor tonight. I wouldn’t count on it, but it is a possibility.
As for the game itself, Milwaukee holds tight the league’s worst record. After Wednesday’s loss to Minnesota – and ugly one at that – the Indiana Pacers need to rebound and do it in dominating fashion. Not much more to say about the matchup except that the blue and gold are heavy favorites and rightfully so.
Pacers win tonight, 108-91.