Oct 25, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard Paul George (24) knocks the ball away from Dallas Mavericks point guard Monta Ellis (11) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Pacers defeated the Mavericks 98-77. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: Indiana Pacers at Dallas Mavericks

Indiana Pacers (46-16) at Dallas Mavericks (37-26)


Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Tip: 7:30 p.m. EST/6:30 CT
TV: Check local listings
Line: IND -1.0


If there was ever a perfect time for an Indiana Pacers win, tonight would be that time. Indiana is in Dallas tonight to face the Mavericks in the third game of a three-game road trip. The Pacers have lost the first two games of the trip – in Charlotte and in Houston – and have lost three straight overall.

It is the first three-game losing streak of the season for Indiana as they look to break out of a funk against Dallas.

The Mavericks sent the Indiana Pacers into the All-Star break with a loss about a month ago, 81-73, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. In that game, the blue and gold never put up a fight.

Following a second consecutive embarrassing loss at the hands of the Rockets Friday night, the Pacers held a team meeting in the locker room at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Head coach Frank Vogel suggested the team just needed to sharpen things up defensively and get back to the basics of winning basketball. Vogel believes the team “will be fine,” referring to their current losing streak.

Veteran and team leader David West agreed. West was the only Pacer to play with consistency last week. He said the team needs to come out with intensity and stop playing from behind, referencing that teams have been jumping ahead early and forcing Indiana to rally.

For the Indiana Pacers to snap their losing streak with a win, the offense has to get going early and stay crisp for 48 minutes. They must limit turnovers and make the extra pass to get clean looks at the basket.

Like Vogel said, staying sharp on defense will help, as it can lead to fast breaks and easy opportunities.

The Pacers have a legitimate shot at getting revenge tonight, but it will take a strong effort. Until they prove otherwise, Dallas wins this one, 97-93.

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