Game Preview: Pacers at Pistons

Matchup

After another close loss, the Pacers (5-6) will look to snap a three-game skid on Wednesday night in Detroit, when they take on the Pistons (7-3), who are surprisingly the current sole owners of second place in the Eastern Conference.

It was a tale of two halves for the Pacers on Tuesday night.

The Blue & Gold could do no wrong through two quarters, shooting 63.8 percent on their way to 75 points, their most points before halftime in a game in over six years.

But the Pacers shot just 30.4 percent after halftime, while the Pelicans’ All-Star duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins dominated on the other end. Davis and Cousins combined for 40 points after halftime, while Indiana managed just 37 points as a team in a 117-112 loss.

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One bright spot in the loss was the play of Lance Stephenson. The fan favorite had been in a major shooting slump to start the season, with just a .282 field goal percentage and .160 3-point percentage through his first 10 games, but he found a bit of a rhythm on Tuesday. Stephenson scored 14 points (his first game with more than six points since the season opener) on 5-of-9 shooting and pulled down a season-high nine rebounds, bringing good energy off the bench particularly in the second half.

The Pistons, meanwhile, have gotten off to a great start to the season, thanks to a balanced offensive attack.

Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley — acquired in an offseason trade with Boston — have led the way, averaging 19.7 and 16.3 points per game while shooting 45.9 and 42.2 percent from 3-point range, respectively. 7-foot former All-Star Andre Drummond remains a menace on the interior, averaging 14.0 points and 14.7 rebounds per game while shooting 54.5 percent from the field and even a surprisingly competent 75 percent from the free throw line, a marked improvement from his historically awful career free throw percentage of .389.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG – Darren Collison, SG – Victor Oladipo, SF – Bojan Bogdanovic, PF – Thaddeus Young, C – Myles Turner
Pistons: PG – Reggie Jackson, SG – Avery Bradley, SF – Stanley Johnson, PF – Tobias Harris, C – Andre Drummond

Injury Report

Pacers: TJ Leaf – questionable (left ankle sprain), Glenn Robinson III – out (left ankle surgery rehabilitation), Edmond Sumner – out (left knee surgery rehabilitation), Domantas Sabonis – questionable (right calf contusion)

Pistons: Stanley Johnson – day-to-day (tightness/spasm right hip flexor), Jon Leuer – day-to-day (left ankle sprain)

Last Meeting

March 8, 2017: The Pacers rolled to a 115-98 win over the Pistons at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana shot 50 percent from the field, 47.8 percent from 3-point range, and committed a season-low five turnovers in the victory.

Paul George led Indiana with 22 points and eight rebounds. Thaddeus Young added 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting and eight boards.

Tobias Harris scored a team-high 22 points off the bench for Detroit. Andre Drummond added 14 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers swept the season series with Detroit last year and have won eight of their last nine meetings with the Pistons.
  • Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Pistons forward Tobias Harris were teammates with the Orlando Magic from 2013-16.
  • Detroit forward Anthony Tolliver played with Pacers guard Darren Collison in Sacramento last season.

Tickets

After a two-game road trip, the Pacers will return home to host James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 6:00 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/AM 1070 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)

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