The Indiana Pacers are currently on the west coast in the midst of a lengthy road trip. The Pacers won’t be back home in Indiana until January 20 against the Dallas Mavericks. Their road trip got started with a 127-122 loss against the Kings in Sacramento last night. The defense got punched out for the second straight game, as they lost by a score of 125-117 against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, and then the loss versus the Kings.
The Pacers slipped to 6-4 on the season with the loss. They were feeling really good after a 114-107 win over the Houston Rockets, but that momentum was quickly squashed. The Pacers had a big game from Domantas Sabonis last night. He put up 28 points and 11 rebounds through 40 minutes on the floor. Malcolm Brogdon also had a big night, with 24 points and 9 assists in the losing cause.
The Pacers forgot to play defense, though, and the Kings edged the visitors out in the fourth quarter. Note that Victor Oladipo’s status for tonight is not clear. He isn’t dealing with an injury, but head coach Nate Bjorkgren is considering resting him on this back-to-back. Oladipo has played in eight of nine games for the Pacers this season. It might be time to rest him, but the Pacers face a formidable opponent on Tuesday night in San Francisco.
Golden State may not be the team it was, but they’re better than they were a few weeks ago. Draymond Green made his long awaited return to the Warriors’ lineup to help out a team that needed somebody to give Steph Curry a hand. Since Green has returned, the defense has certainly looked much better.
The Warriors don’t have to rely on Curry going crazy every night to win games if the defense continues to play well. While the effort on the defensive floor has been improved, Green has failed to find his stroke offensively. He’s scored just 4 points per game in 26.3 minutes per game.
The Warriors are coming off a narrow 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. A last-ditch effort by Pascal Siakam at the buzzer failed, as his shot rimmed out and the Warriors got away with their second straight win, and fourth win in five games. Things are looking up in San Francisco, but they really need Klay Thompson back soon to be a serious threat again and that’s not happening. Head below for our free Pacers vs. Warriors pick on January 12, 2021.
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The Warriors were at their best against the LA Clippers on Friday. They bounced the visiting Clippers by a score of 115-105 in a dominant performance from Steph. He lit up the scoreboard for 38 points and 11 assists in the win. Andrew Wiggins, who has been the Warriors’ best second option offensively, netted 16 points and 6 rebounds. Draymond scored just 4 points, but his impact defensively was a big difference maker to disrupt Kawhi Leonard.
In their last four games, the Warriors have allowed just 106 points per game. In the NBA in this era, holding teams to 106 points is a win. Overall, Golden State is 26th in the league with 116.6 points a game, but keep in mind when they were playing with Draymond, the defense was getting hammered. They are a much better unit on defense with his services on the floor.
The Warriors have been solid offensively, with 113.7 points per game for 11th in the NBA. Steph is shooting 43.2% from the field with 28.6 points scored per game. If he gets hot, it’s game over for the opposition. However, before teams had to worry about Steph and Klay getting hot. Wiggins is such a streaky shooter that clamping down on Steph can neutralize the entire Warriors’ offense at times.
The Pacers didn’t have an enjoyable trip to California the last time they were on the road against the Warriors. The Warriors beat them soundly by a score of 112-89 on March 21, 2019. This is a different Warriors team, but they’ve looked better recently with Draymond providing a big lift defensively. Expect the Warriors to emerge with a win and cover against the road weary Pacers on Tuesday evening at the Chase Center.