The Indiana Pacers return home tonight after two games played away to host the Orlando Magic. It’s the first time the teams have played since the Pacers defeated the Magic in overtime last March.
Indiana is 9-7 and has won three games in a row, losing only once in November. The Magic, meanwhile, is 5-11 despite struggling with numerous key injuries this season.
The Pacers played the Rockets in Houston last night, so they’re on a back-to-back trip between games. The Magic are in the same boat, they played in Chicago on Friday night. Stamina will be a key factor in the game.
Viewing and Betting Information
Tip-off time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Where to watch: NBA League Pass, Bally Sports Indiana/Bally Sports+, Bally Sports Florida
Spread and Over/Under: The Pacers are favorites against Orlando as they are -5.5 on the SI Sportsbook. The over/under for the game is 228.5.
Pacers vs Magic Injury Report
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The Pacers have not released an injury report since playing last night. Daniel Theis (right knee) and Chris Duate (left ankle) are expected to be absent. Kendall Brown and Trevelin Queen have been in the G League for most of the season so far. Tyrese Haliburton injured his ankle with 37.7 seconds left against Houston and left the game, but his status is yet to be determined.
Assistant coach Lloyd Pierce speaking for head coach Rick Carlisle after the game since Carlisle was kicked out in the second quarter on Friday night, said “he’s okay” about Haliburton, per iPacersblog.
The Magic also haven’t released an injury report since playing the Bulls last night. Guard Markelle Fultz and rookie sensation Paolo Banchero are both likely on the alert.
Buddy Hield vs. Franz Wagner: Wagner is fast becoming one of the NBA’s most underrated players, and he’s a tricky matchup for opponents as Orlando sometimes opens games with huge lineups — Wagner started in backcourt on Friday night. The German has averaged 18.7 points per game this season.
Hield has a great campaign scoring the ball but he will be outmatched in terms of height. Has a speed and shooting advantage to lean on and this crossmatch will be key in the game. It’s a break in style.
Jalen Smith vs. Bol Bol: Smith just had one of his best games of the season when he finished with 10 points and 18 rebounds against Houston. He’s been one of Indiana’s best rebounders this season, and his scoring is progressing (10+ points in four of Indiana’s last five games).
Bol has finally emerged this season, averaging almost a double-double in just 25 minutes of action per game. He’s a math cup nightmare with his wingspan and height, so Smith needs to pay attention to the details in this fight.
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