The Indiana Pacers play their ninth game of the NBA season tonight against the Boston Celtics in Boston. Both teams come into the game looking to break .500, as the Pacers are at 4-4 and the Celtics are at 3-3. The Pacers won their last game against the Orlando Magic at home. The Celtics played yesterday and beat the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee.
This is the second matchup between these teams this year, even when neither team has played 10 games. In the last meeting the Indiana Pacers won at home, 100-98. This was the first of Paul George's return to form, as he had 26 points and 10 rebounds on the night. George carried the Pacers to the very close victory, and he has since sustained that form and is looking to produce a similar performance and result tonight.
The Indiana Pacers started out 0-3 and have since gone 4-1 to get even at .500. They have struggled with a few injuries to the likes of Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Miles and for a brief amount of time George Hill. While Paul George has been carrying the team, there always seem to be a different Robin to his Batman every night. It has been George Hill, Monta Ellis, Jordan Hill and Rodney Stuckey have all had a game or two of brilliance.
The Pacers will play tonight again without Rodney Stuckey, with Monta Ellis and George Hill likely to continue to pick up his minutes, which is disappointing to some Pacers fans who would like to see Joe Young get a chance to grab some time in the lineup. However, Young's draft classmate Myles Turner has been getting meaningful minutes off the bench. More importantly, Myles Turner has been producing, with a couple of nice scoring moves and averaging a block a game, which has led to him getting solid minutes every game.
Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: George Hill
SG: Monta Ellis
SF: C.J. Miles
PF: Paul George
C: Ian Mahinmi
The Boston Celtics also sit at .500 with a 3-3 record. They have won their last two games against the Washington Wizards and then the Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics also currently sit right at eighth in the Eastern Conference standings, which is where they finished the year last season. The Celtics will be looking to continue this form and get into the playoffs for a second straight year under former Butler Head Coach Brad Stevens. The Boston Celtics are also going to be missing a player, as Avery Bradley is unavailable tonight.
Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Marcus Smart
SF: Jae Crowder
PF: Amir Johnson
C: Jared Sullinger
It should be another close game between these two teams tonight. The Celtics are on the back end of two games in two nights. But the game is being played in Boston. Look for Paul George to continue to dominate and look for his Robin tonight, as it could be anyone. The game as always is on Fox Sports Indiana.