Friday, December 14th at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Game Preview: IND vs PHI

by Scott Agness | December 9, 2012 | Updated December 13, 2012

Matchup

The Pacers welcome the Sixers to town on Friday for another matchup between two teams without their best player. Andrew Bynum, who was acquired in an offseason trade, has yet to play this season because of knee problems and it is unknown when he may return.

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Mark Montieth is all things Pacers.com, and he joins Chris Denari to discuss the Pacers at the quarter point of the NBA season. And he is very high on the emergence of Ben Hansbrough as the Pacers' backup point guard.

The Sixers are in the toughest Eastern Conference Division: The Atlantic. Following a loss Wednesday to Chicago, they are in fourth place behind New York, Brooklyn, and Boston. They appear to be a team that's still in search of their identity, especially with nine new players this season.

Like the Pacers, the Sixers are near the bottom of the NBA in scoring and field goal percentage. In just about every other statistical category, they are in the middle of the pack.

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They will be without explosive guard Jrue Holiday, who leads the team in scoring (18.4 points per game) and is third in the NBA in assists (8.9) behind Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul, because of a foot injury. Thaddeus Young is shooting over 53 percent from the field and both he and Evan Turner are averaging 15 points a game. Turner will run the show, but if the Pacers bring pressure, the Sixers will have to bring in another ball-handler to assist.

In June, they drafted Maurice Harkless 15th overall and later acquired Arnett Moultrie at No. 27 in a trade with Miami. And they were also a participant in helping send Dwight Howard to the Lakers. In that deal, Philadelphia received Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, but had to ship their franchise player (Andre Iguodala) to Denver plus Maurice Harkless, Nik Vucevic and a protected first round pick to Orlando.

Probable Starters

Pacers

76ers

  • C – Kwame Brown
  • F – Thaddeus Young
  • G – Nick Young
  • G – Jason Richardson
  • G – Evan Turner

Injury Update

Pacers:Danny Granger (out, left knee), Lance Stephenson (out, right ankle)
76ers: Andrew Bynum (out, bilateral knee bone bruises), Jrue Holiday (out, sore left foot), Damien Wilkins (game-time decision, right calf strain), Royal Ivey (out, strep throat)

Quotable

“Lance is out tonight. So we’re going to start Gerald Green and will likely have the three-man rotation with (Green), Sam Young and Paul George. Orlando Johnson’s got to be ready to go, too.” – Frank Vogel

“We got to make sure we play inside-out. They load to the paint as well as anyone in the league. They are third in the league in guarding the paint without a real shot-blocker. ...They bring swarms of defenders on every drive so we have to make sure we see the second side.” – Frank Vogel on the points of emphasis tonight

“They very much are a team that wants to defend. That’s what they hang their hat on. They're physical and want to knock you around.” Sixers head coach Doug Collins on the Pacers

Noteworthy

  • Miles Plumlee has been reassigned to the D-League and will play two home games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants this weekend.
  • The Sixers are 3-0 in games decided by 4 or less, 11-0 with the lead to start the fourth.
  • The Sixers are on the road for 12 of their next 15 games.
  • The winning team in this series has scored 100+ points in 10 of the last 12 meetings.
  • Sixers trainer Kevin Johnson attended Indiana State, was an assistant trainer for the Colts and later for the Pacers under David Craig from 1990-1994.

Last Meeting

Indiana split their four meetings with Philadelphia in both 2010-11 and 2011-12. The matchup has usually been tight, with the last two being decided by five and three points, respectively.

The Sixers won the most recent meeting in overtime, 109-106 in late April to halt the Pacers’ seven-game winning streak. After the game, Frank Vogel said the game had a ‘playoff-type atmosphere’ to it. The Pacers allowed 34 points in the first quarter and trailed most of the game. In a critical late-game sequence, down three with 12.4 seconds left in OT, George Hill was called for a 5-second violation when trying to inbound the ball.

David West led all scorers with 32 points and Tyler Hansbrough scored 17 off the bench. Danny Granger only scored four points on 2-of-12 shooting, including a final 3-point try late to tie the game.

Elton Brand finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Philly. Jrue Holiday chipped in 17 points and had seven dimes in the win.

Broadcast Information | Find Local Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Kevin Lee (sideline reporter/host)

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