COUNTDOWN to TIPOFF: PACERS vs. LAKERS
SCOUTING THE PACERS: They've looked bad offensively in their last two losses, averaging 78.0 points and shooting 36.4 percent at Atlanta and Chicago. Leading scorer Danny Granger sat out Monday's 92-73 defeat against the Bulls with a sprained left ankle, but coach Jim O'Brien wasn't using that as an excuse. Granger is expected to return Wednesday, but it's Roy Hibbert who needs to bounce back from a pair of ugly performances. He had 12 total points as Indiana was outrebounded by 19, and wants to get back to the way he played against the Lakers last month. The Pacers are trying to sweep the Lakers for the first time since 1991-92. Indiana (11-12) had never won in 14 games at Staples Center, but snapped that drought Nov. 28 thanks to Hibbert. The third-year center had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as the Pacers held off Los Angeles 95-92 despite a season-high 41 points from Kobe Bryant. Indiana's plan was to go right at All-Star Pau Gasol, and the strategy worked perfectly.
SCOUTING THE LAKERS: The Los Angeles Lakers have won five of six since a four-game slide, beating four opponents that have lost a combined 51 games more than they've won. There's little chance they'll be overlooking their next sub-.500 opponent. Pacers stunned the Lakers at Staples Center during that surprising skid, a loss Los Angeles looks to avenge Wednesday night at Conseco Fieldhouse. Road defeats in Utah, Memphis and Houston weren't completely surprising when the Lakers (18-7) dropped four straight for the first time since April 2007, but the lone home loss in that stretch was. Gasol was 5 of 15 with five turnovers and five fouls against the Pacers, playing 45 minutes during a stretch in which he complained of being overworked while battling a minor hamstring injury. Gasol's minutes were high largely because of Los Angeles' lack of interior depth, but it got deeper Tuesday. Andrew Bynum made his season debut in Washington after undergoing knee surgery over the summer, scoring seven points in 17 minutes off the bench in the Lakers' 103-89 win. Bynum has certainly thrived against the Pacers. He's averaged 20.0 points in six meetings versus Indiana the past three seasons, his highest average against any team he's faced at least four times. Los Angeles' five wins this month have come against Sacramento, New Jersey, the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington twice.
INJURY REPORT: For the Pacers, Danny Granger (sprained left ankle) is listed as day-to-day but he said he expects to play. For the Lakers, Andrew Bynum (right knee surgery) is listed as questionable but returned to action last night after missing the first 24 games, and Theo Ratliff (left knee surgery) is out.
BROADCAST INFO: The game will be telecast at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Indiana with Chris Denari and Quinn Buckner calling the game and Stacy Paetz on the sideline, with a pre-game show starting at 6:30. The radio broadcast is anchored by the flagship of the Pacers' network, WIBC 93 FM, featuring Mark Boyle and Bob "Slick" Leonard, with Kevin Lee handling the sideline and pre-game duties.
CHAT: You can chat live with other fans around the country during the game.