The Pacers had quite an up-and-down week, playing their worst game of the season in San Antonio only to play one of their best in Chicago. Tyrese Haliburton called “Game Over” against Patrick Beverley and the Bulls on Sunday afternoon.
So what does the schedule look like for the upcoming week? We take a look below at the matchups with our thoughts on the outcome of each game.
3/6: 76ers @ Pacers, 7 pm
The second night of a back to back the Pacers welcome the 76ers into Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Joel Embiid has traditionally been a major problem for the Pacers and we don’t expect it to be any different this matchup. Turner will have to play lights out if the Pacers want to win the game. Additionally, this will be an opportunity for Haliburton to size himself up against a long-term elite point guard like James Harden.
Our prediction? The Pacers lose a tight one at home as Embiid goes off.
3/9: Rockets @ Pacers, 7 pm
After a couple of days off, the Pacers will welcome in the struggling Rockets, who are one of the worst teams in the league. It would be easy for us to say that this will be an easy matchup for the Pacers, however, they just came off a terrible showing against the Spurs, so we shouldn’t take anything for granted. However, we do believe that the Pacers can pull this one off at home in Gainbridge.
Our prediction? The Pacers win comfortably after a few days rest against a bad basketball team.
3/11: Pacers @ Pistons, 7 pm
The Pacers will travel to their regional rival Pistons who have been relatively banged up this season without their first-overall pick Cunningham. Both teams are towards the middle talent wise and we expect this game to be a relative wash. Given that the Pistons are at home, they have the slight edge.
Our prediction? Pistons win a thriller in Detroit.