Pacers hit the floor against Wizards in Washington


After two days rest and off two massive victories, the Indiana Pacers take on the Washington Wizards in D.C. as draft mates PG and John Wall meet again.

WHO: Indiana Pacers (8-5) @ Washington Wizards (6-4)
WHEN: Tonight, 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT
WHERE: Verizon Center (Washington, D.C.)

TV: Fox Sports Indiana
RADIO: 1070 the Fan
STREAM: FSGO and on the FSGO app

The Pacers
Going back to the year Paul George and John Wall were drafted, many would replace the number one pick with one of the two of these players (though the majority prefer George). Luckily, Indiana won the lotto of that class and with George are now surging their way into the top five in the East.

George was on a hot streak going into the game against Milwaukee, scoring over 26 points in his previous eight games. However, he failed to keep the streak alive but still dropped 20 points to set a new career-high for consecutive games w/ 20+ points.

Tonight will be a lot about PG, but there’s another George in play and looking to return to action: George Hill. Having missed the last couple of games with an upper respiratory infection, Hill is expected to be available tonight and will likely be tasked with guarding former Kentucky star Wall in Washington.

The Wizards
Washington is doing just fine with one of the highest powered offenses in the league. The Wiz average over 103 points per game, placing them 8th in the league at current standings and are shooting 45.4% from the floor, which puts them 7th in that category.

Though it’s not Wall who leads the Wiz in scoring – it’s Bradley Beal. The former Florida guard is averaging just over 20 points per game in a pretty spread offense that sees four guys averaging in double digits.

Indiana is familiar with Marcin Gortat due to the playoff clashes of years past, but one player they will be somewhat unfamiliar with is Otto Porter, Jr., who is continuing his breakout year by averaging nearly 13 points and 5 boards.

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Indiana has done well to respond since their last loss (Chicago) over a week ago and have won their last two games by a combined 64 points. Tonight will be about keeping momentum in their favor, and with two days rest before hosting Chicago, Indiana can afford to expend some major energy.

Tipoff for tonight at the Verizon Center set for 7 pm ET.