If the Pacers win, they will clinch at least the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Nets have won both previous matchups over Indiana this season, so even if they lose, they would hold the tiebreaker in that category.
But with only three games remaining after tonight, Brooklyn would not be able to match Indiana’s overall record if it drops tonight’s contest.
Nets Have Handled Pacers Well
Though the Pacers are currently 20 games over .500, the Nets have played well against Indiana this season.
The 89-84 road win on Feb. 11 in Indiana will be remembered as one of the better Nets’ wins all season.
Brooklyn is back on the Pacers’ home floor tonight and will attempt sweep the Pacers in a season series for the first time since 2006-2007.
Pacers Coming Off Unlikely Win
Down 20 points Wednesday to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Pacers roared back following head coach Frank Vogel’s ejection to earn a 99-94 win.
The win clinched the Pacers’ first Central Division title since 2003-2004. Tat’s quite an accomplishment since the team has played most of the season without leading scorer Danny Granger.
This one should be an exciting matchup between two playoff-bound teams.
Wallace Out, Bogans Questionable
Mired in a cold stretch, Gerald Wallace injured his left heel in Wednesday’s win over the Celtics. He is out for tonight’s contest.
On the one hand, the Nets need the defensive-minded Wallace healthy for the playoffs. However, it may be wise to get him some touches at the offensive end over the final few games to get him going offensively.
He’s not expected to be a major offensive contributor on this team, but he may become a necessary scoring option if opponents focus on Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson.
Keith Bogans is questionable for tonight's game dealing with a back injury.
The action tips off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.