Golden State Warriors (36-24) at Indiana Pacers (46-13)
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Tip: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: Check local listings
Line: IND -5.0
In a battle that could prove to be a real test for both teams and one that may be a measuring stick as to where each team is right now, the Indiana Pacers will match up with the Golden State Warriors for the second time this season.
Indiana defeated Golden State earlier this season, 102-94, at Oracle Arena in the Bay Area. It was a heck of a game as Paul George went for 23 points and Lance Stephenson nearly recorded a triple-double.
It also took a strong effort defensively to hold the Warriors to just 94 points. Behind a potent offensive attack led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee, Golden State can put up points in a hurry and in bunches.
Thus, the Indiana Pacers should stick to a similar game plan tonight. Slowing Curry and Thompson, arguably the most versatile and most prolific scoring duo in the league, is the focus of that plan. It takes a total team effort to stop the two sharp-shooters because of their ability to get to the basket as well.
Last season, things got physical between these two teams at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana’s Roy Hibbert got a little more defensive than usual, shoving Curry at the end of a play that resulted in further pushing and shoving between a number of players. Nobody was hurt or suspended, but technicals were handed out.
It is clear these two teams have a lot of respect for one another and that when it’s game time, it’s all business.
The matchup to watch tonight is a tie between Lee and David West as well as the two backcourts. Lee and West battled earlier this season in the matchup out west, while the guards traded baskets for most of the second half.
I expect West to come out firing, as he’s been one of the hottest players in the Eastern Conference over the past several weeks.
Should be a fun one tonight, and I give a slight edge to the Indiana Pacers. Blue and gold win 109-102.