The Indiana Pacers are coming off one of the biggest wins, maybe the biggest so far, of the season after shocking the Miami Heat, 93-77. They played well all-around, led by Danny Granger with his 20 points and eleven rebounds and Brandon Rush with his 20 points. T.J. Ford played well, shooting great and ending up with 13 points in the match-up. Indiana now moved up to 6-6, finally getting .500 once again.
Now they will face the struggling 5-7 Cleveland Cavaliers, who are decent in away games, going 3-3. The Pacers record at home, 3-4, may not be a good sign but they truly have a larger advantage when at home and have more self-confidence in themselves in games. AccuScore says the Pacers have a 76-percent chance of winning this game while the Cavs have only a 24-percent chance.
Indiana last faced the Cavaliers about one or two weeks ago, 99-85, led by the 30-plus point-performance by Danny Granger. Granger played well against the Heat, playing up solid defense on LeBron James. I expect another big game for the potential All-Star.
“(The Miami Heat) have been anticipating doing a lot of things before the season even started so to get the win on the road, this is a big win for us,” he said. “It was a really good team effort on the defensive end.”
“It is definitely a momentum builder for us,” said Rush.
The Cavaliers are coming off losses to the league’s best teams. The first loss was to the New Orleans Hornets, 108-101. The second loss came to the San Antonio Spurs, getting destroyed 116-92.
“We wanted to use these two games as a measuring stick,” forward Antawn Jamison said. “We showed signs, but it’s just not consistent 48 minutes.”
The Pacers are going to kill. I expect a good game in for Granger and I see a lot of rebounds coming in for Roy Hibbert. Antwan Jamison will have a good game for the Cavs.
Overall, Pacers will improve to 7-6. Come on Pacers!