The Indiana Pacers have won three straight only once this season. Their play at home hasn't helped.
Having bounced back from a poor start despite struggling at Conseco Fieldhouse, the Pacers look to win three straight for the first time since the first week of the season as they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Indiana (13-12) opened the season by winning its first three games, but lost the next six. The Pacers have settled down after that losing streak, but they have been unable to win more than two in a row.
Coming off road wins over Miami and New York, Indiana will be trying to win three straight yet again. But the Pacers are returning to Conseco, where they have lost seven of 10 since winning their first two.
Indiana is averaging 105.2 points at home, but has surrendered 107.4 per game. The Pacers, who lead the Eastern Conference with 104.5 points per game overall, shot a season-best 58.3 percent from the floor in a 119-92 rout of the Knicks on Monday night.
Jermaine O'Neal started for Indiana two days after sustaining a mild concussion and finished with 22 points on 11-of-16 shooting while blocking two shots.
"We are playing great team basketball," said O'Neal, who is averaging 20.0 points and 2.1 blocks his last seven games. "We are moving the ball on offense and we are playing good defense."
O'Neal left the Pacers' 106-103 win over Miami on Saturday with what was originally called a sore neck. It turned out to be a concussion, and was cleared to play after being examined multiple times Monday.
Mike Dunleavy, meanwhile, continues to have a career season for Indiana. He had a career-high 36 points versus New York to bounce back from a six-point effort against Miami, and leads the team with 17.4 per game.
Dunleavy will be matched up with Philadelphia (10-14) swingman Andre Iguodala, who leads the Sixers with 18.2 points a game. Iguodala had 20 points and four steals in a 92-86 win over Cleveland on Saturday night.
Philadelphia had 15 fast-break points and 23 off turnovers.
"It started from getting stops," said Sixers center Samuel Dalembert, who had three blocks and a season-high 19 rebounds. "When we get stops, we usually do a good job getting out on the break."
Philadelphia, which bounced back from a loss to Sacramento on Friday night, has won five of its last six. Saturday's win began a stretch in which the Sixers play 13 of 17 on the road - where they have won three of four after losing five of their first six.
Dalembert has been one of the biggest reasons for Philadelphia's recent success, providing an inside presence that will be key against O'Neal on Wednesday. Dalembert is averaging 12.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in his last 12 games.
Dalembert is averaging 14.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in his last three contests against the Pacers.
Indiana and Philadelphia both won a game at home and on the road in last season's series.
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