Countdown to Tipoff: Pacers at Philadelphia
SCOUTING THE PACERS: The Pacers (14-20) will try to protect their playoff position while attempting to snap a nine-game road losing streak tonight in Philadelphia. Seventh-place Indiana leads the Sixers (15-22) by one-half game. While a win would keep them in seventh place, a loss would drop them behind Philadelphia and into an eighth-place tie with Milwaukee (14-21) while giving the Sixers a 2-1 lead in the season series. Indiana shot a season-low 31.5 percent shooting in a 1011-75 rout in the last trip to Philadelphia on Nov. 3. An infusion of youth into the rotation has given the team some much-needed energy and productivity. Tyler Hansbrough has averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two starts at power forward and Paul George has averaged 7.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.75 steals as a key reserve in the last four games. But their key players all are struggling. Danny Granger has shot .386 in his last 17 games, Roy Hibbert .342 in the last 13, Brandon Rush .387 in the last 15 and Mike Dunleavy .333 in the last four. The Pacers' last road win was at Sacramento on Nov. 30, and five of the last six were decided by double digits. They last dropped 10 straight road games Jan. 9-Feb. 18, 2009.
SCOUTING THE SIXERS: The 76ers will attempt to win their third straight at home and may get back Andre Iguodala from an injury. Philadelphia's 112-109 overtime loss to Detroit on Saturday night was its third straight away from home and 16th in 21 road games this season. However, the 76ers (15-22) now play three straight at home, where they've won nine of 11. They'll also get to open that stay with a matchup against the Pacers (14-20), losers in 10 of 13. Philadelphia might get Iguodala back from a sore Achilles' tendon for this game after he missed the last seven. Should he return Tuesday, it will be to an improved offensive team. The 76ers have averaged 103.5 points over their last six games after averaging 87.3 in their previous six. Iguodala's replacement in the starting lineup, Andres Nocioni, has averaged 12.3 points in his last six games - nearly double the 6.8 per game he was contributing before that stretch. Holiday has averaged 20.1 points over the last eight games, and No. 2 overall draft pick Evan Turner has chipped in a couple of strong performances. Turner had a team-best 19 points Saturday and scored a career-high 23 in a win at Phoenix on Dec. 29 after averaging 6.3 points in his first 29 games. Turner had one of his better early season performances at home against the Pacers on Nov. 3, scoring 12 points in a 101-75 rout. Elton Brand led the way with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
INJURY REPORT: The Pacers are healthy. For the Sixers, Andre Iguodala (ankle) is doubtful and Tony Battie (shoulder) is day-to-day.
BROADCAST INFO: The game will be telecast at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Indiana with Chris Denari and Clark Kellogg 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 while monitoring Twitter posts from Pacers' celebrities on-site throughout the game.