Detroit Pistons (27-47) at Indiana Pacers (52-23)
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse — Indianapolis, IN
Tip: 7:00 p.m. ET
Television: Fox Sports Indiana
Line: IND -10.0
The month of March was brutal to the Indiana Pacers, as they entered April with an 8-10 record over their past 18 games.
They have not been in a funk. They have lived in the sewage of the NBA for nearly two months, suffering one deflating loss after another. A new month has rolled around while the regular season continues to zoom past us.
That said, it could be an end to the curse that has haunted Indiana for the majority of 2014. On the second day of April, the Pacers play host to the Detroit Pistons, providing the blue and gold an opportunity for a much-needed victory. One win could go a long way for Indy with seven regular season games remaining.
Detroit, at 27-47 and in fourth place in the Central Division, swoops into the Circle City as one of just five teams to beat the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse all season. Another one of those teams, the San Antonio Spurs, throttled Indiana Monday night, 103-77.
The loss to the Spurs wasn’t a wake-up call for the Pacers, but rather a display of what clean, fundamental, winning basketball looks like up close and personal. San Antonio ran Indiana right out of their own arena.
Pacers players noted that that is the type of basketball they’d like to play: dominant on both ends of the floor and a vision of being an annual championship contender.
While the Indiana Pacers try to snap out of a coma, they must also game plan for the league’s top-scoring team inside of the painted area. Led by big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, the Pistons like attacking the basket with explosive guards and letting their bigs snatch offensive rebounds for easy second-chance baskets.
Indy needs to do everything it can to win tonight in the last matchup with Detroit this season. A loss could fatally damage any mental confidence this team has left.
Prediction: It’s anyone’s guess with this Pacers squad. They lost the first contest to Detroit at home earlier this season, and the Pistons have given the Pacers fits at times. However, I simply have a feeling that a win is on the horizon. Indiana claims a desperate 91-86 victory.
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