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Pacers vs Warriors

Your guide, preview and game thread for tonight when the Pacers head west to take on the Warriors.

Lance Stephenson tries to get by Stephen Curry
Lance Stephenson tries to get by Stephen Curry

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day basketball fans! We wrap up MLK day with a gamethread for the last NBA game of the night. The Indiana Pacers (32-7 ) start a five-game road trip tonight; first up are the Golden State Warriors (26-16). Here's what you need to know:

Time: 10:30 PM eastern, 7:30 PM pacific

Watch on: TNT

Venue: ORACLE Arena (not sure why that's in all caps, but hey, I'm just following the rules of the media guide), Oakland, California

Probable Starters:




George Hill PG Stephen Curry
Lance Stephenson SG Klay Thompson
Paul George SF Andre Iguodala
David West PF David Lee
Roy Hibbert C Andrew Bogut

Injuries: Festus Ezeli (knee), Jermaine O'Neal (wrist), and Nemanja Nedovic (hamstring) have all been ruled out for the Warriors. The Pacers are playing with a full deck, no injuries to report.

The last time these teams met: Despite Curry's 38 points, the Pacers took a 108-97 win at home in nap-town over the Warriors last February. David West led the way for the Pacers with 28 points and 7 rebounds.

Story: The Pacers have won four games in a row and the Warriors have lost two of their last three. This match-up will be that of two totally different playing styles, offense versus defense. The Warriors rank 10th in the league in points-per-game while the Pacers rank 1st in opponents ppg and 1st in defensive rating. The Warriors have not won a series against the Pacers since the 2000-01 season, but the Warriors have won four of the last five games against Indiana at Oracle Arena.

Stat you didn't know: THE EIGHTH GRADER aka BORN READY aka Lance Stephenson recorded his third triple-double of the season with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the 106-79 win over the Celtics in December. He became the first Indiana player to post three triple-doubles in a season since (former Sonic) Detlef Schrempf recorded four during the 1992-93 season. Stephenson leads the NBA in triple doubles this season.

Prediction: The Pacers play lock down defense and take a close win in Oakland.

Pacers - 89, Warriors - 84

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