San Antonio Spurs (57-16) at Indiana Pacers (52-22)
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse — Indianapolis, IN
Tip: 7:00 p.m. ET
Television: Fox Sports Indiana
Line: SAS -4.5
The Indiana Pacers can expect to get a taste of what it’s like to be dominated on their home floor tonight as they host the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs are the hottest team in the NBA — and it isn’t even close. They have won 17 straight games, and one more win would give them a franchise-best 18-game winning streak. Head coach Gregg Popovich has already marched his team past 55 wins, and a 60th win is easily within reach.
San Antonio has simply slammed on the gas of late. They have poured an offensive explosion upon their opposition without even a thought.
In early December, when the Indiana Pacers were playing their best basketball of the season, they stomped the Spurs in San Antonio, 111-100. Indiana played a near-perfect game offensively in that one, shooting 54% for the game and 47% (9-for-19) from beyond the 3-point arc.
The Pacers also cashed in on 26-of-28 free-throw attempts.
Before anyone knew it, the final buzzer sounded, and Indiana fled San Antonio with its first win at the AT&T Center in years.
Well, haven’t the tables turned since then.
While the Spurs continue their dominant march, the Pacers are struggling to score more than 80 points in a game. The offense is entirely out of sync, the shot opportunities are contested and — more often than not — result in a missed field goal.
Turnovers are aplenty with the blue and gold, and following each loss we see a group of guys with their heads hanging low and an lack of words to explain their poor play.
Maybe it’s the month of March. The possibility exists that Indy can still turn things around; a win tonight would speak volumes about the Pacers. However, it seems far too steep a task for a team that’s hit a brick wall.
Prediction: In a game with a 7:00 p.m. tip, this one could be ugly by 7:30. No contest tonight as San Antonio whips Indiana, 107-85.
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