The Pacers (17-30) have a chance to secure a winning road trip Monday night when they wrap up a five-game Western Conference trip against the Pelicans (17-28) in New Orleans.
Facing a difficult table and a string of injuries in the west, the Blue & Gold managed to win 2-2 last week and defeat the Lakers and Warriors on their home court. They even fought admirably on Saturday night in Phoenix, held firm against the NBA’s best team in the second half despite four starters missing through injury.
The Pacers will remain without Malcolm Brogdon (achilles), Domantas Sabonis (ankle) and Myles Turner (foot), but Caris LeVert could potentially be back on the court after missing two games with a sore right calf. LeVert’s return would be especially welcome considering the last time Pacers fans saw him was when he set a franchise-record 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead Indiana over the Lakers.
The Blue & Gold take on a rested Pelicans team on Monday night. New Orleans has only played once in the past week, clinching a 102-91 win in New York on Thursday night.
The Pelicans are led by All-Star swingman Brandon Ingram, who is averaging 22.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. However, Ingram’s availability is uncertain as he sat out the fourth quarter of their win against the Knicks after spraining his ankle.
If Ingram can’t leave, expect New Orleans to rely more heavily on center Jonas Valanciunas. The Lithuanian big man is second on the team in scoring (18.4 points per game) and fourth in the NBA in rebounding (12.0 per contest). He’s also emerged as a legitimate 3-point shooting threat in recent years, knocking down 41.7 percent of his attempts from outside the arc this season.
pacemaker: PG – Keifer Sykes, SG – Chris Duarte, SF – Justin Holiday, PF – Torrey Craig, C – Goga Bitadze
Pelican: PG – Devonte’ Graham, SG – Josh Hart, SF – Brandon Ingram, PF – Herbert Jones, C – Jonas Valaciunas
pacemaker: Caris LeVert – questionable (right calf wound), Malcolm Brogdon – out (right Achilles tendon wound), TJ McConnell – out (health and safety records), Domantas Sabonis – out (left ankle sprain), Myles Turner – out (left foot stress reaction ). ), TJ Warren – out (fractured left navicular bone)
Pelican: Brandon Ingram – doubtful (sprained right ankle), Kira Lewis Jr. – absent (ACL/MCL sprain right knee), Zion Williamson – absent (fracture right foot)
20. November 2021: The Pacers rebounded from a 0-3 road trip by beating the Pelicans at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, 111-94. The Blue & Gold jumped to a 17-point lead midway through the first quarter and extended it to 32 by the end of the third quarter, resulting in an easy win.
Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in just 22 minutes. Justin Holiday, who replaced Chris Duarte in the starting lineup, added 17 points while going 4-on-7 from 3-point range. Malcolm Brogdon had 16 points and four assists while Myles Turner added 11 points, nine boards and two blocks.
“We wanted to play a random game with real movement,” Pacers head coach Carlisle said. “When the ball moves and we play at that pace and pace, a lot of good things happen for us. The key is to be aggressive and not rushed.”
Jonas Valanciunas had a team-high 19 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans in the loss. Naji Marshall added 14 points while Lewis and Ingram both scored 12.
- With a win on Monday, the Pacers would clear the season series with the Pelicans for the second time in the past four years.
- Valanciunas and Sabonis are teammates in the Lithuania national team.
- Pacers guard Jeremy Lamb was teammates with Pelicans guard Devonte ‘Graham in Charlotte in 2018-19.
After a five-game road trip to the Western Conference, the Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET to host Gordon Hayward and the Charlotte Hornets. find tickets”
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