2. Two nights in a row in Los Angeles, 03/25
The Pacers will be tested out west at the end of March, near the end of the entire season. In two nights, they will play as many games in Los Angeles facing the Lakers on 3/24 and then the Clippers on 3/25. While the Clippers traditionally struggle with injuries throughout the year, this may be the point of the season where they begin ramping up for the playoffs again.
In two nights having to play LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George is a rough draw that the Pacers will have to navigate. If they are able to win at least one of the matchups we are likely calling this a win for their part.
The Pacers have fared well against both teams in recent years, if you recall that Nembhard hit an amazing last-minute shot against LeBron James for the win last year. While we don’t expect fireworks again this year, expect the Pacers to be just as competitive in both as the gap between the Pacers and these teams is smaller than many would want you to believe.