The league's top team will be at home, when the Indiana Pacers welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers have been a dominant team this year, currently holding a 24-5 record. Entering the game with a 10-20 record, the Cavaliers are 10 games below .500 on the year. This game is scheduled to start at 3:00 pm EST and it will be covered by FSN-OH and FSN-IN.
The Pacers come into today's game after topping Brooklyn, 105-91. Lance Stephenson played an overall good game with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the Pacers. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are coming off a 108-104 loss to the Warriors. Kyrie Irving had a team-high 27 points. This will be the second matchup of the season between these two teams, with the Pacers taking the first game, 89-74. Paul George put up a double-double in that victory with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
The stingy Indiana defense could make it difficult on Cleveland's shooters. They rank first in the NBA in forcing misses (opponents' eFG% of 44.8%), while the cold-shooting Cleveland offense is 26th with a mark of 47.1%. Moreover, foul-shooting opportunities could prove to be quite rare for the Cavaliers. They are 27th in the league in FTA rate (24.8), while the Pacers are among the league's least foul-prone teams (allowing a rate of just 24.5, ranking fifth in the NBA).
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