The Pacers are facing the Brooklyn Nets today at 8:00 pm at Brooklyn. This is the first game between the eastern conference opponents. The Pacers lost Sunday 95-103 against the Utah Jazz at Bankers Life. One of the top contributors for the Pacers included Domas Sabonis with a 20 point, 9 rebound, 2 assist performance for the forward. Doug McDermott had a good offensive night with 18 getting it done from the inside and out again, showing he is more than just a shooter. Finally Brogdon had 15 points and 7 assists.
The Pacers put up a good fight the majority of the game after climbing out of their double digit deficit. Throughout the four quarters the Pacers showed off their defensive skill on the inside, but Donovan Mitchelll had a big game which caught some of the Pacers wings off guard. The need for true small forwards was on full display with former Pacer Bojan Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles basically shooting over small defenders like Justin Holiday. This problem does not look like it can be resolved soon with key wing starters in Caris LeVert and TJ Warren both out to injury. Another consequence to not having those two is the Pacers offense taking a massive hit. Without Levert and Warren, the pacers revert to Domas post touches, which normally end poorly when going against opponents with a good inside presence.
Some of the Keys for the Pacers to be back in the win column against the Nets starts at the defensive end. Obviously the Nets have the best offensive personnel in the league. Whether Kevin Durant plays or not does not change that fact with Kyrie and James Harden still on the roster. The final key comes on the offensive end. The Nets have one of the worst defenses in the league with the problem being most evident on the interior. The Pacers need to feed Turner and Domas to stay competitive in this game.