The Indiana Pacers tortured the Philadelphia 76ers in a 99-86 win in the team’s home-opener on Saturday on Conseco Fieldhouse. Now coming off a nice three-day break, it’s back to work for the Pacers as they head to Philadelphia in a re-match against Andre Iguodala and the Sixers.
It seems the 2-1 Pacers won’t be all that worried after making them go 0-3. Now the Sixers stand at 0-4 after a loss last night. Indiana will be traveling to Philly, and they tend to not do so well in road games. Accuscore predicts the Pacers having a 54-percent chance of winning this game.
Indiana is so far off to a great start. This is their best start since going 3-0 in the 20o7-08 season.
“I think this is good for a team this young to be sitting 2-1 after the first week,” said Pacers point guard Darren Collison, who had 15 points and four steals in a 99-86 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. “We just need to continue to work.”
The acquisition of Collison has definitely helped out Indy, and I hope he continues to bring success throughout the season.
“Our chemistry on this team appears to be very good,” Collison told the Pacers’ official website. “Everyone seems to get along with each other. There is no animosity.”
Danny Granger has been on fire so far this season, averaging a total of 27 points per game. He hopes to continue this success. Granger is also averaging 23 points per game in his career versus Philly.
As for Philly, who are just coming off a painful 116-115 overtime loss to John Wall and the Washington Wizards, things aren’t going so well in their way.
“We have to break a lot of losing habits,” first-year 76ers coach Doug Collins said. “You don’t know how heartbreaking it is for me to walk into that locker room and tell these guys, ‘You’re playing hard, you’re playing hard,’ but you have to break bad habits. Losing teams have bad habits. They’re not broken overnight.”
The Pacers have played solid defense so far, especially against Philly. I expect another win for the Pacers, as they improve to 3-1.