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Philadelphia at Indiana
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 17, 2019
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indiana Pacers and the Philadelphia 76ers both showed off how good they can be when everything comes together with blowout wins on Tuesday. The two Eastern Conference contenders will see if either can match that effort when the Pacers host the 76ers on Thursday.

Indiana sits in third place in the East, one game ahead of Philadelphia, and earned its ninth win in 11 games by bludgeoning the Phoenix Suns in a 131-97 home victory on Tuesday. "In an 82-game season, you're probably not going to play perfect at the defensive end," Pacers point guard Darren Collison told reporters. "We did have our lapses, but we were able to get (going) today, have a good start defensively and make something happen at the offensive end. When we play good defense like that, we pretty much get what we want on offense." The 76ers were just as impressive while blowing out the Minnesota Timberwolves 141-107 and were quick to credit their defense as well. "I thought we came out with energy," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown told reporters. "I thought we had a tremendous spirit, I thought we played defense, and we used that base to run."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, TNT, NBCS Philadelphia

ABOUT THE 76ERS (29-16): Philadelphia shot 59.8 percent from the floor against Minnesota and handed out 40 assists on 55 made field goals. "We used our defense as a launching pad and did some good things there," Brown told reporters. "But we really shared the ball. It was a perfect (situation) for us to be able to get a little bit more back on track. Some fist-bumps and high-fives, and 40 assists in a big number." The 76ers also set a franchise record with 21 made 3-pointers as Wilson Chandler (4-of-6), Joel Embiid (4-of-6), Jonah Bolden (4-of-5) and Jimmy Butler (3-of-4) all got hot from beyond the arc.

ABOUT THE PACERS (29-14): Indiana's defensive effort on Tuesday was led by center Myles Turner, who returned from a four-game absence due to a shoulder injury and delivered 18 points and six rebounds while a pair of blocks pushed his NBA-leading total to 105. "He's the best shot blocker in the league," Collison told reporters of Turner. "Consciously, as the opposing guard, you're always worried about where he's at on the court. Myles has been there for us all season long." The Pacers' seven players in double figures on Tuesday did not include All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, who managed eight points on 2-of-11 shooting.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Pacers SG Bojan Bogdanovic is 6-of-10 from 3-point range over the last two games and is shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc on the season.

2. 76ers PG Ben Simmons is averaging 21 points, 14.3 rebounds and 11 assists over the last three games.

3. The road team took the last three in the series, with Philadelphia earning a 100-94 win in its last trip to Indiana on Nov. 7.

PREDICTION: Pacers 119, 76ers 106
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Philadelphia 29-16 W2 19-4 10-12 3-1 26-15 5-6 19-13
Indiana 29-14 W2 15-5 14-9 3-0 26-14 7-2 22-7
Last Meeting
Philadelphia Indiana
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/14/18 IND 113 PHI 101 101 49 40.9 113 47 44.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Philadelphia J. Embiid 40 59.1 13
Indiana T. Young 26 47.4 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Philadelphia J. Embiid 21 8 13
Indiana D. Sabonis 16 5 11
Assists Player  
Philadelphia T. McConnell 5
Indiana D. Collison 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Philadelphia J. Embiid 1206 49.0 349
Indiana B. Bogdanovic 723 49.5 118
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Philadelphia J. Embiid 583 103 480
Indiana D. Sabonis 443 125 318
Assists Player  
Philadelphia B. Simmons 383
Indiana D. Collison 254
Quickchart Matchup
Philadelphia Philadelphia Off vs  Indiana Indiana Defense
Philadelphia Off vs Indiana - Points For 115.4 Points For
Philadelphia Off vs Indiana - Points Against 103.0 Points Against
Philadelphia - FG% 47.2 FG%
Indiana - FG% 44.4 FG%
Philadelphia - Reb 47.5 Reb
Indiana - Reb 42.5 Reb
Indiana Indiana Off vs  Philadelphia Philadelphia Defense
Indiana Off vs Philadelphia - Points For 109.0 Points For
Indiana Off vs Philadelphia - Points Against 112.4 Points Against
Indiana - FG% 48.3 FG%
Philadelphia - FG% 45.1 FG%
Indiana - Reb 43.7 Reb
Philadelphia - Reb 43.2 Reb