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Blue-and-Gold Breakdown: March 19

March 19, 2015 - On this week's episode, Pacers.com writer Mark Montieth joins Pat Boylan to preview this weekend's games and discuss the playoff race.

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Blue-and-Gold Breakdown: March 19

March 19, 2015 - On this week's episode, Pacers.com writer Mark Montieth joins Pat Boylan to preview this weekend's games and discuss the playoff race.
Mar 19, 2015  |  12:24

Game Preview: Pacers vs Nets

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss






Matchup

The Pacers return home to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday night hoping to snap a four-game losing streak. Indiana (30-38) will host Brooklyn (28-39) for the first and only time this season on Saturday. The Pacers beat the Nets on the road on Dec. 27.

Indiana hung tough in Friday's loss in Cleveland, but LeBron James and the Cavaliers made just enough plays down the stretch to eke out a win.

The Blue & Gold now find themselves in the thick of a five-team race for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. After Friday's results, the Pacers are tied with Boston for eighth place, just a half-game ahead of Charlotte and 1.5 games ahead of Saturday's opponent, Brooklyn.

RELATED: Playoff Picture (Latest Standings and More) »

The Nets won a thrilling triple-overtime game over Milwaukee on Friday night, but it remains to be seen how much energy they'll have left on Saturday.

Both Indiana and Brooklyn feature a center coming off one of their best performances of the season. Nets big man Brook Lopez had 32 points and 18 rebounds in Friday's win over the Bucks. The Pacers' Roy Hibbert had 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting against the Cavs, the first time since Jan. 5 that the Big Dawg scored 20 or more.

Hibbert may not have his bruise brother on Saturday. Starting power forward David West played just 12+ minutes on Friday night in Cleveland due to illness and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - George Hill, SG - C.J. Miles, SF - Solomon Hill, PF - David West, C - Roy Hibbert
Nets: PG - Deron Williams, SG - Markel Brown, SF - Joe Johnson, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Brook Lopez

Injury Report

Pacers: Paul George - out (rehabilitation for broken right leg), David West - questionable (illness)

Nets: Sergey Karasev - out (right knee surgery), Mirza Teletovic - out (pulmonary embolus)

Last Meeting

December 27, 2014: Seven Pacers players scored in double figures rolled to a 110-85 victory in Brooklyn. The Pacers shot 51 percent from the field while holding the Nets to a 36-percent clip.

Rodney Stuckey led the way with 20 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and four steals. David West and C.J. Watson each added 17 points in the victory.

Jarrett Jack had 22 points and six rebounds for Brooklyn. Joe Johnson added 18 points, six boards, and six assists.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers are 5-9 so far this season on the second night of a back-to-back.
  • Pacers guard C.J. Watson played for the Nets in the 2012-13 season.
  • Nets guard Jarrett Jack played for the Pacers in the 2008-09 season. The only Pacers player still on the roster from that squad is Roy Hibbert.

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 107.5/1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)

Tickets

Good seats still remain for Saturday's game against the Nets. Reserve your seats now: Find Tickets »

Bankers Life Fieldhouse Improvements Underway

Starting the week of Feb. 2, concession stands located outside of Sections 5 and 14 on the Main Concourse and Sections 215 and 231 on the Balcony Level will be temporarily closed. Fans sitting in these sections are asked to please visit other nearby concession stands. More Info »

Home Court Gift Shop Game Night Special

Pacers Mini Basketballs - $12. Game Night Specials can be purchased in the Home Court Gift Shop or any of our souvenir stands located on all levels of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Please shop online also at PacersGear.com.

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