Indiana Pacers at Golden State Warriors Preview
The Golden State Warriors are a lock for the NBA playoffs but don’t expect them to take their foot off the gas when the Indiana Pacers come into Oracle Arena tonight looking to end their skid and solidify their playoff positioning.
The Pacers are 44-28 on the season and sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game ahead of the Boston Celtics. The Pacers are 4-6 in their last 10 games and have lost their last three games. While the Pacers have not clinched a playoff spot yet, they are just a win away from doing so. They have a less than one percent chance of falling out of playoff positioning and have a 54 percent chance of securing fourth place, according to PlayoffStatus. The Warriors retain a half-game lead over the Denver Nuggets for first place in the West. They are 48-22, 5-5 in their last 10 and won their last game.
In their last meeting on January 28, the Warriors blew away the Pacers 132-100 behind 26 points from Stephen Curry. Bojan Bogdanovic had 15 points for Indiana in the loss.
Time: 10:30pm ET
Arena: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Channel: FSIND, NBCSBA
Indiana Pacers Starting Lineup
The Indiana Pacers have lost their last three, all against Western Conference playoff contenders in the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers.
They lost 109-115 to the Clippers on Tuesday night as a slow start plagued them all night. Darren Collison was not in the lineup as he is sidelined and is not expected to play tonight. Coach Nate McMillan inserted Cory Joseph into the starting lineup, but Tyreke Evans also played heavy minutes and served as a contributor.
In 29 minutes, Evans finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.
“This is what we knew he could do,” McMillan assured reporters afterward. “I told him a long time ago: Hoop. Play. He really showed what he could do with the basketball. We’re going to need him to do that.”
Evans was one of three Pacers players to come off the bench and score in double figures as Domantas Sabonas had 13 points and 16 rebounds, and Doug McDermott finished with 17 points.
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
The Golden State Warriors bounced back from their rough shooting night in their 105-111 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, by winning by ten as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were back to their usual selves the following night in a 117-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“Each game takes on more importance. Last year, I think the final 20 games, we kind of knew we were going to be the 2-seed, so it’s a little different this year, and I think it’s going to help us,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
The win over the Timberwolves ended the Warriors road trip, and they are now home for seven of their final 12 games. The Warriors are expected to have DeMarcus Cousins back tonight, which makes a big difference in the team’s spacing over Andrew Bogut.
In the win over Minnesota, Curry had 36 points, Klay Thompson added 28 and Kevin Durant scored 17 points. Jonas Jerebko contributed 18 points off the bench.
Indiana Pacers at Golden State Warriors Betting Odds
The Warriors are 11-point favorites to win tonight’s game back in Oracle Arena. Golden State is 24-10 at home and 45-18 as the favorite. Indiana is 17-19 on the road and 10-18 as the underdog.
The over/under is 220.5 points and the Warriors are -725 on the moneyline.
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