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Pacers Approaching Final Two Games as Tuneup

April 6, 2019 - After practice on Saturday, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about potentially dialing back some minutes of key players, while Darren Collison talked about his improved health as he recovers from a sore groin.

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Pacers Approaching Final Two Games as Tuneup

April 6, 2019 - After practice on Saturday, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about potentially dialing back some minutes of key players, while Darren Collison talked about his improved health as he recovers from a sore groin.
Apr 6, 2019  |  02:13

Game Preview: Pacers vs Nets

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss





Last Updated: April 6 at 10:30 PM ET

Matchup

With homecourt advantage in a likely first-round playoff series on the line on Friday night, Bankers Life Fieldhouse was rocking. For one quarter, the Pacers answered the call, going blow-for-blow with the Celtics and taking a 27-24 lead.

But then, Boston quickly seized control. The Celtics looked like the team many pegged as preseason favorites to win the Eastern Conference, not a team fighting for the fourth seed, as they outscored Indiana 93-70 the rest of the way in a 117-97 win.

Now the Pacers are 47-33, a game back of the Celtics with two games to play. Because Boston has the head-to-head tiebreaker, the only way Indiana can get homecourt advantage is to win both of its remaining games and have the Celtics lose both of theirs.

Otherwise, the Blue & Gold will begin the playoffs on the road next weekend, almost assuredly in Boston (there is still a slim chance that the Celtics could pass Philadelphia, in which case the Pacers would face the 76ers in the first round).

PLAYOFF PICTURE: Track the Pacers' Playoff Push »

For their final home game of the regular season, the Pacers will host the Brooklyn Nets (40-40). Brooklyn is still fighting to get into the playoffs, currently in sixth place and a game and a half up on ninth place Miami, so the Nets will have plenty to play for on Sunday night.

For the Pacers, head coach Nate McMillan now faces a conundrum. With slim chance of improving their seed, is it better for the Pacers to rest their players ahead of the playoffs or continue to compete for an outside chance at homecourt advantage?

There could be some consideration to the importance of bouncing back after Friday's disappointment. A win in the home finale over a hungry Brooklyn team could go a long way toward restoring Indiana's confidence heading into the postseason.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Cory Joseph, SG - Wesley Matthews, SF - Bojan Bogdanovic, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Nets: PG - D'Angelo Russell, SG - Joe Harris, SF - Rodions Kurucs, PF - DeMarre Carroll, C - Jarrett Allen

Injury Report

Pacers: Darren Collison - questionable (sore groin), Victor Oladipo - out (right knee surgery)

Nets: Allen Crabbe - out (sore right knee)

Last Meeting

December 21, 2018: Victor Oladipo scored 11 of the Pacers' last 16 points as Indiana snapped the Nets' seven-game win streak with a 114-106 victory in Brooklyn.

"I thought he played angry," McMillan said about Oladipo's performance down the stretch. "I loved his attitude coming out in the second half, being aggressive and making plays. That's what he does."

Oladipo led all scorers with 26 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists. Thaddeus Young added 21 points, while Myles Turner tallied 15 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks.

Rodions Kurucs had a team-high 24 points for Brooklyn, while DeMarre Carroll added 16 points off the bench.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers have won nine straight games against the Nets and seven in a row at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
  • With a win on Sunday, Indiana would sweep the season series with Brooklyn for the second straight season.
  • The Pacers acquired Thaddeus Young from Brooklyn in a trade for the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, which the Nets used to select Caris LeVert.

Tickets

The Pacers will host the D'Angelo Russell and the Brooklyn Nets in their final regular season home game on Sunday, April 7 at 5:00 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: 107.5 FM/1070 AM The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)

Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.

Fan Appreciation Night presented by IMCU

For the final home game of the regular season, we will have giveaways and other surprises as part of Fan Appreciation Night presented by IMCU.

Hickory Night

The Pacers will wear their Hickory uniforms and will honor the eight 2018-19 IHSAA boys and girls basketball state champion teams at halftime of Sunday's game.

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