The Pacers (33-38) have one remaining tuneup on Sunday afternoon earlier than a do-or-die Play-In recreation on Tuesday. Indiana will shut out a surreal 2020-21 common season in a surreal setting: in Tampa, Florida in opposition to the Toronto Raptors (27-44). The Raptors have operated out of Tampa this season because of Canada’s COVID-19 journey restrictions.
The Pacers’ destiny for the brand new Play-In Match was partially sealed by their 122-115 loss to the Lakers on Saturday. Indiana might want to win two straight video games to achieve the playoffs, starting with a loser-goes-home matchup between the ninth and tenth seed.
Indiana’s seed and opponent will probably be decided by two completely different video games. The Pacers have management over their seeding. With a win on Sunday, the Blue & Gold would safe the ninth seed and host their first Play-In recreation. A loss, alternatively, would imply that the Pacers are the tenth seed and should win twice on the street to achieve the playoffs.
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The Pacers’ Play-In opponent will probably be decided by Sunday’s recreation between Charlotte and Washington. The winner of that contest will safe the eighth seed and play seventh-seeded Boston, whereas the loser will tackle the Pacers within the 9/10 recreation.
It has been a disappointing season for the Raptors, who have been eradicated final week and have scuffled to the end line. Toronto has dropped six straight and 9 of its final 10 and has successfully shut down most of its high participant. Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and OG Anunoby, amongst others, have already been dominated out for Sunday’s season finale.
Pacers: PG – Caris LeVert, SG – Justin Vacation, SF – Doug McDermott, PF – Oshae Brissett, C – Goga Bitadze
Raptors: PG – Malachi Flynn, SG – Jalen Harris, SF – Stanley Johnson, PF – Freddie Gillespie, C – Khem Birch
Pacers: Aaron Vacation – questionable (proper nice toe sprain), Caris LeVert – questionable (bruised proper knee), Domantas Sabonis – questionable (bruised left quad), Malcolm Brogdon – out (sore proper hamstring), Jeremy Lamb – out (sore left knee), Edmond Sumner – out (left knee contusion), Myles Turner – out (partial plantar plate tear, proper foot nice toe), T.J. Warren – out (left foot stress fracture)
Raptors: OG Anunoby – out (left calf pressure harm restoration), Rodney Hood – out (fractured left hand), Kyle Lowry – out (relaxation), Pascal Siakam – out (strained left shoulder), Fred VanVleet – out (left hip flexor harm restoration), Yuta Watanabe – out (sore proper ankle), Paul Watson – out (left knee tendinitis)
Jan. 25, 2021: Malcolm Brogdon bounced again from a subpar efficiency with the most effective outings of his profession, main Indiana to a 129-114 win over Toronto at Bankers Life Fieldhouse within the second half of a back-to-back set.
Brogdon set a brand new profession excessive with 36 factors, going 10-for-17 from the sphere, 3-for-5 from 3-point vary, and 13-for-14 from the free throw line whereas additionally grabbing seven rebounds and doling out 9 assists. The efficiency got here one night time after he had a season-low 12 factors on 5-of-22 capturing (1-of-10 from 3-point vary) with 4 turnovers, together with an important giveaway within the remaining minute in a 117-112 loss to the Raptors.
“Truthfully, I used to be fairly indignant after final recreation,” Brogdon stated. “I used to be extremely locked in for at the moment’s recreation. I actually wished to make some extent.
“It drove me loopy final night time and this morning till I acquired again on that court docket. Again-to-back or not, drained or not, I used to be prepared to offer it my all tonight.”
Jeremy Lamb, taking part in simply his fourth recreation and his first back-to-back after an 11-month absence after tearing the ACL in his left knee, added 22 factors and 7 rebounds off the bench, going 7-for-12 from the sphere, 3-for-6 from past the arc, and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.
Fred VanVleet had a team-high 25 factors to go together with 4 rebounds and 6 assists for Toronto, whereas Norman Powell added 24 factors, six rebounds, and 6 assists.
- With a win on Sunday, the Pacers would decide up two common season wins over Toronto for the primary time because the 2013-14 season.
- Indiana is a powerful 11-5 on the season when taking part in on the second day of a back-to-back.
- The Raptors have gained 13 straight common season dwelling video games in opposition to Indiana. The Pacers haven’t defeated the Raptors on the street within the common season since March 1, 2013.
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TV: Bally Sports activities Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (studio host)
Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)
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