With only two games before the NBA All-Star break, the Indiana Pacers are running out of chances to end their losing streak. Their next chance will come against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Pacers enter this matchup coming off a 130-114 blowout loss at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers. Coming up short in this matchup caused Indiana to extend their losing streak to four consecutive losses.
The Cavaliers face an opposite situation as the Pacers. Cleveland is riding a four-game winning streak and actually managed to recently defeat the 76ers in overtime during the weekend.
There are quite a few new additions to the Pacers' injury report prior to this game. Domantas Sabonis (sore left ankle), Doug McDermott (broken tooth), and Jeremy Lab (sore left knee) each are considered questionable for this game.
Here are the particulars on Wednesday night's game:
- Who: Indiana Pacers (15-18) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (22-12)
- When: 7:00 p.m. ET, March, 3, 2021.
- Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH.
- Latest Line:
- Standings: Neither team finds themselves in the Eastern Conference playoff picture at the current moment.
- Series history: Indiana leads the all-time series, 103-94.
- Last meeting: Both teams faced off last on Dec. 31, 2020. The Pacers managed to win convincingly with 119-99 being the final score. Domantas Sabonis led the way with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
- Projected Cavaliers starters: Darius Garland, Collin Sexton, Isaac Okoro, Dean Wade, Jarrett Allen.
- Projected Pacers starters: Malcolm Brogdon, Justin Holiday, Doug McDermott, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner.
- TV: Fox Sports Indiana.
- Announcers: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (studio host),
- Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Here are three things to watch in this game:
1. Will Sabonis Play?
Much of the Pacers' offense relies on NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis. Given that he may not end up playing in this game due to being listed as questionable. Malcolm Brogdon's shot creation would become of the utmost importance.
2. Turner Effect
The Pacers could end up having to rely on Myles Turner in this game if Domantas Sabonis doesn't end up playing. Jarrett Allen has been a favorable matchup for Turner throughout his NBA career so that will be something to monitor.
3. Collin Sexton
It's been an impressive season from Collin Sexton as he's averaging 23.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. He enters this matchup as the most dynamic perimeter player from either team. Will the Pacers manage to slow him down?