Game Preview: Pacers at 76ers
Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 7:00 PM ET at Wells Fargo Center
Riding high after sweeping a four-game homestand, the Pacers (12-6) now embark on a five-game road trip. The first stop of the trip will be the most difficult, as Indiana faces the Philadelphia 76ers (13-6) on the second night of back-to-back.
The Blue & Gold have reeled off five straight wins thanks to a balanced offensive attack. In Friday's 105-104 overtime win over Atlanta, all five starters scored between 16 and 20 points, allowing Indiana to overcome a sensational 49-point performance from Hawks second-year guard Trae Young.
The Pacers will face a very different type of superstar on Saturday in Philadelphia. All-NBA center Joel Embiid is averaging 22.2 points and 12.4 rebounds in under 30 minutes per game and has given Indiana fits recently. The 7-footer from Cameroon averaged 28.8 points and 13.8 rebounds in four games against the Pacers last season.
The Sixers have more weapons than just Embiid, however. Philadelphia is one of the few teams that starts a bigger lineup than Indiana, with the 6-10 Ben Simmons and 6-5 Josh Richardson in the backcourt and 6-8 Tobias Harris and 6-9 Al Horford in the frontcourt. That quartet is all averaging between 12.8 and 17.8 points per game.
Saturday's game will be a matchup between two of the NBA's top defenses. The 76ers are currently third in the NBA in defensive rating, allowing just 102.6 points per 100 possessions. The Pacers are right behind them at 102.7.
Despite their five-game win streak, the Pacers have held in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings (albeit just 3.5 games out of first). With a win over Philadelphia, Indiana would finally move up the standings. After Saturday, the Blue & Gold's remaining four games on their longest road trip of the season are all against teams well below .500, so they might have some more wins in their future.
Pacers: PG - Malcolm Brogdon, SG - Jeremy Lamb, SF - T.J. Warren, PF - Domantas Sabonis, C - Myles Turner
76ers: PG - Ben Simmons, SG - Josh Richardson, SF - Tobias Harris, PF - Al Horford, C - Joel Embiid
Pacers: JaKarr Sampson - questionable (sore back), Victor Oladipo - out (right knee surgery rehab), Edmond Sumner - out (right hand fracture)
76ers: Josh Richardson - questionable (right hamstring tightness), Kyle O'Quinn - out (left calf strain)
March 10, 2019: After missing eight games following the All-Star break with knee soreness, Joel Embiid returned to the court and punished the Pacers, leading the 76ers to a 106-89 win in Philadelphia.
Embiid tallied 33 points and 12 rebounds in the win, going 11-for-21 from the field and 11-for-15 from the free throw line.
Bojan Bogdanovic led Indiana with 18 points and Darren Collison added 14, but the story of the game for the Pacers' offense was their poor foul shooting. The Blue & Gold went just 22-for-37 (59.5 percent) from the charity stripe, their most missed free throws all season.
- The Pacers are just 36-54 in Philadelphia in the regular season, but have won at least one road game against the 76ers for 14 consecutive seasons.
- Indiana has three former 76ers on its roster: Justin Holiday (2013), T.J. McConnell (2015-19), and JaKarr Sampson (2014-16).
- Philadelphia's roster features Kyle O'Quinn, who played for the Pacers last season.
After a five-game road trip, the Pacers will return home to host Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »
Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »
TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 93.5/107.5 FM/1070 AM The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)