The Indiana Pacers (21-20) will try to bounce back from their 114-106 loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers (26-15) tonight.
7:00 p.m ET on Friday, January 12, 2018.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Projected Starting Lineups
Pacers: Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, and Domantas Sabonis.
Cavaliers: Jose Calderon, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Jae Crowder, and Kevin Love.
Pacers: Myles Turner – out (sore right elbow), Glenn Robinson III – out (left ankle surgery rehabilitation), Edmond Sumner – out (left knee surgery rehabilitation)
Cavaliers: Isaiah Thomas – out (rest), Derrick Rose – out (left ankle sprain), Iman Shumpert – out (left knee arthroscopic surgery)
Something to Watch
Pacers: It’s important that the Pacers manage to start hitting perimeter jumpers like they did to start the season. They are coming off of a 1-of-18 (5.6%) 3-point shooting performance, but of course, their issues go beyond just their previous game. Since the start of the new calendar year, Indiana is shooting 6.5-of-21.5 (30.2%) from beyond the arc, which ranks 30th in makes, 27th in attempts, and 28th in percentage. It’s beyond time to be concerned about this area.
Cavaliers: If there is something about the Cavaliers to watch, in particular, I’d say how they respond to adversity would be it. They have lost two consecutive road games and they were absolutely dismantled in each of those matchups. Also, they are on the fifth and final game of their five-game road trip while being on the second night of a back-to-back. The conditions that they are facing are a classic schedule loss, but will the Pacers pull it off to win the season series?
Last Five Games
The Pacers have a 2-3 record in their previous five games:
- January 10: Loss vs Miami Heat (114-106)
- January 8: Win vs Milwaukee Bucks (109-96)
- January 6: Win vs Chicago Bulls (125-86)
- January 3: Loss @ Milwaukee Bucks (122-101)
- December 31: Loss vs Minnesota Timberwolves (107-90)
The Cavaliers have a 2-3 record in their previous five games:
- January 11: Loss @ Toronto Raptors (133-99)
- January 8: Loss @ Minnesota Timberwolves (127-99)
- January 6: Win @ Orlando Magic (131-127)
- January 3: Loss @ Boston Celtics (102-88)
- January 2: Loss vs Portland Trail Blazers (127-110)
FOX Sports Indiana: Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan: Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)
Television and Radio Local Listings
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