Game Preview: Pacers vs Pelicans

Monday, Nov. 7 at 7:45 PM ET at Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Game Preview

After a hard-fought victory over Miami on Friday, the Pacers (4-5) will try to move to .500 on the season on Monday night, when they host New Orleans (5-4) in the second game of a four- game homestand.

Indiana put together their best performance of the season in Friday’s 101-99 win over the Heat. The Blue & Gold limited Miami to 99 points on 38.3 percent shooting (both season lows for a Pacers opponent) and scored 23 points off of 19 Miami turnovers. Most impressively, the Pacers held the Heat without a field goal for the final 5:35 of Friday’s contest, stringing together crucial stops to gut out the victory.

If the Pacers can continue to play strong defense, they could start to string together wins. Indiana has already demonstrated it has plenty of offensive firepower on the roster.

Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, and Bennedict Mathurin all topped 20 points and combined for 70 on Friday. Hield has been heating up lately, scoring 20 or more in four of his past five contests. Haliburton has thrust his name into his early All-Star conversation, topping 20 in six of nine games while also ranking fourth in the NBA in assists (9.3 per game). And Mathurin is off to a stellar start to his NBA career, ranking second among all rookies in scoring (20.7 points per game).

The Pelicans finished eighth in the West last season despite not having All-Star forward Zion Williamson for the entire year due to a foot injury. Williamson is back this season and playing well. The 6-6, 284-pound big man has played in seven of nine contests to start the season, averaging 22.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Buddy Hield, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Jalen Smith, C – Myles Turner

Pelicans: G – CJ McCollum, G – Herb Jones, F – Brandon Ingram, F – Zion Williams, C – Jonas Valanciunas

Injury Report

Pacers: Aaron Nesmith – questionable (sore right foot), Chris Duarte – out (sprained right ankle), Daniel Theis – out (sore right knee)

Pelicans: Kira Lewis Jr. – out (right knee ACL injury recovery), EJ Liddell – out (right knee ACL injury recovery)

Last Meeting

Jan. 24, 2022: Duane Washington Jr. set a Pacers rookie record with seven 3-pointers, but Indiana came up a shot short in a 117-113 loss in New Orleans.

Washington, playing in just his 16th career game, scored a team-high 21 points in 23 minutes off the bench, going 7-for-12 from 3-point range.

“I just had a good rhythm coming into the game,” Washington said. “I had a good warm up. My guys believe in me to make shots, and they put me in some great positions tonight to make a lot.”

Caris LeVerthad 19 points on 8-of-21 shooting, six rebounds, and eight assists in the loss for Indiana. Chris Duarte added 14 points, Torrey Craig scored 13, and Goga Bitadze managed 12 points and five rebounds despite battling foul trouble much of the night.

Devonte’ Graham led all scorers with 25 points, going 8-for-14 from the field and 5-for-9 from 3-point range, and also dished out six assists. Josh Hart added 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Jonas Valanciunas also registered a double-double with 16 points and 12 boards.

Noteworthy

  • Myles Turner needs two blocks on Monday to reach 1,000 for his career. He would be the fourth player to block 1,000 or more shots with the Pacers, joining Jermaine O’Neal (1,245), Rik Smits (1,111) and Herb Williams (1,094).
  • The Pacers and Pelicans have split the season series each of the last two seasons. After Monday’s matchup, the two teams will meet in New Orleans on Dec. 26.
  • Monday’s unique tip time is the product of a new scheduling arrangement from the NBA. With no games scheduled for Election Day on Tuesday, all 30 teams are in action on Monday. The league decides to stagger the tip times for the 15 games on Monday, with one game starting every 15 minutes from 7:00 to 10:30.
Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)

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The Pacers host Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Monday, Nov. 7 to 7:45 PM ET. Find Tickets >>

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