Pacers-Wizards preview

3-17  Indiana  (40-29)  at  Washington  (39-30)

TV:  7pm  NBC Sports Washington

Last game for Indiana:  106-99 loss vs. Toronto

  • Darren Collison-22 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds
  • Al Jefferson-20 points, 12 rebounds
  • Victor Oladipo-18 points, 5 rebounds

Last game for Washington:  125-124 double overtime win at Boston

  • Bradley Beal-34 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds
  • Markieff Morris-20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Otto Porter Jr.-18 points, 11 rebounds

Projected Pacers starters-Young PF, Bogdanovic SF, Turner C, Joseph PG, Oladipo SG

Projected Wizards starters-Morris PF, Porter Jr. SF, Gortat C, Beal SG, Satoransky SG

Indiana preview-The Pacers three-game winning streak came to an end on Thursday night, as they allowed a 16-4 run in the 4th quarter to give the Toronto Raptors the win. Indiana still maintains its slim 1/2 game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers, as Cleveland lost at Portland on Thursday night. Indiana’s starting center, Myles Turner, should be ready to go on Saturday, despite he sprained his left ankle, but backup center, Domantas Sabonis, will not play due to his sprained left ankle. Indiana defeated Washington 13 days ago, 98-95, as Oladipo scored 33 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.

Washington preview-The Wizards begin a stretch, in which 4 of the next 5 games they play are at home. How tight is the Eastern Conference playoff chase? Washington is currently the 5th seed, but they are 1.5 games behind the Pacers for the 3rd seed, 1/2 game behind Cleveland for the 4th seed, 1 game ahead of Philadelphia for the 6th seed, 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the 7th seed and 3 1/2 games ahead of Miami for the 8th seed. In the two games against Indiana, Beal is averaging nearly 22 points and 7 assists per game. The latest on injured guard John Wall, he is shooting jumpers, free throws and doing layup drills, but if you go by the 6-8 week injury timeline, Wall has two more weeks of recovery before he returns.

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