Indiana Pacers (46-14) at Charlotte Bobcats (27-33)
Location: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
Tip: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: Check local listings
Line: IND -5.0
The Indiana Pacers look to get back to their winning ways tonight as they take on the Charlotte Bobcats in North Carolina. It is the second night of a back-to-back for the Pacers, losing a close one to Golden State on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.
Indiana did not play fantastic basketball Tuesday, but they did not play horribly, either. Paul George did shoot a lowly 8-23 from the field, in part because of poor shot selection. For the Pacers, it was about stopping Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson, and they had no answer.
Thompson caught fire in the fourth quarter and managed to hit a game-winning shot to give the Warriors a 98-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Indiana fell to 29-4 at home, still a league-best on their own court.
Against the Bobcats, it will be more of the same: defense. However, both teams have a stout defense, thus it could turn into an ugly offensive night for both clubs.
That case been the case this season in the previous two matchups between these two teams, so I do not foresee any change in that regard. Indiana hasn’t played particularly well of late, despite winning 5 of their last 6 games. The wins have all come against struggling teams likely geared toward the lottery in June’s NBA draft.
Most importantly for the Indiana Pacers is finding an offensive rhythm. Whether that happens tonight or not, the offense must come around soon or there will be consequences.
I still believe Indiana is the best team in the NBA right now, and they should come out tonight and prove that to be true.
Paul George needs to have a great shooting night, Roy Hibbert must contribute more, and the Pacers should try to get more open opportunities for Luis Scola and Evan Turner off the bench.
Close game tonight, and Indiana escapes in overtime, 98-97.