In action this weekend in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers will play host to the Philadelphia 76ers.
While the Sixers are third in the Eastern Conference, the Pacers have a 32-38 record. The Sixers are currently riding a five-game winning streak against the Pacers, including a perfect 3-0 record so far this season. Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will be the site of the tipoff at 7:00 p.m. EDT.
The latest injury report for Indiana Pacers vs.
The Indiana Pacers are on the outside of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference of the NBA.
The Pacers are tied for 11th in the conference with a record of 32-38. They are one spot away from the play-in tournament.
But they are only half a game behind Washington in 10th place and two games behind Toronto in 9th place. At 31-37, the Bulls and the Pacers are almost tied.
On Thursday night, Indiana beat the Bucks, who were the best team in their conference, by a big score of 139-123.
They were able to win even though the Bucks shot 53% of their shots and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 9 rebounds.
On Thursday, an absurd eight Pacers scored 10 or more points. Andrew Nembhard scored 24 points to lead Indiana, and Aaron Nesmith scored 22 points. Buddy Hield added 20 points to the total.
Haliburton (knee) will not be able to play against the 76ers on Saturday. He will also miss at least the Pacers’ next three games, according to Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Haliburton‘s knee injury seems to be worse than first thought. The team’s star point guard will miss the next three games before being re-evaluated.
The earliest he could play again would be March 22 against the Raptors on the road, but that will depend on how he does over the next few days.
With Haliburton out of the picture, T.J. McConnell, Andrew Nembhard, and Jordan Nwora are likely to play bigger roles.
We’ll move on to the Pacers’ injury report and look at who’s out with what.
- Bennedict Mathurin (Ankle): Expected to be out until at least Mar 20
- Chris Duarte (Ankle): Expected to be out until at least Mar 2
- Tyrese Haliburton (Knee): Expected to be out until at least Mar 22
- Kendall Brown (Lower Leg): Out for the season
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Right now, the Sixers might be the most popular basketball team. They are in third place in the Eastern Conference, and they are right behind the second-place Boston Celtics.
Center Joel Embiid is doing the work of an MVP. With 33.5 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game, the big man has the most points in the NBA.
James Harden, who plays on the same team as Embiid, leads the league in assists with 10.9 per game. Harden also scores 21.9 points and grabs 6.2 rebounds per game on average.
Tyrese Maxey has become the third star of the team because he averages 19.9 points per game.
But this Sixers team is different from others in the way they defend. They give up the third-fewest points in the league. They also have the best percentage of 3-point shots.
How many of the 76ers’ players are dealing with injuries heading into this game on Saturday?
- Jalen McDaniels (Hip): Game Time Decision
Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer says that McDaniels will miss Friday’s game against the Hornets because of a hip injury.
The fact that McDaniels took part in some of Friday’s shootaround is a good sign, but it looks like he won’t be ready for the first game of a back-to-back set.
He could still come back this weekend, since there is another game planned for Saturday. Even if that’s true, McDaniels has averaged just 6.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 15.9 minutes per game in the 13 games since he joined the Philadelphia 76ers. In most fantasy leagues, this isn’t enough to put him on the radar.