The Indiana Pacers currently occupy the 10th position in the Eastern Conference, courtesy of a 31-36 record. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers are languishing in the bottom half as a result of going 21-47 this season.
Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Injury Report
The Indiana Pacers continue to be without the services of starting center Myles Turner, who has been sidelined with a toe injury. TJ Warren is out for the season because of a foot issue, while JaKarr Sampson will not be available for selection due to a head injury.
Malcolm Brogdon’s status is questionable following a hamstring problem. Jeremy Lamb’s participation is also in question because of a knee issue.
Isaiah Hartenstein is out due to the NBA’s concussion protocol. The trio of Cedi Osman, Darius Garland and Taurean Prince have been sidelined with ankle injuries. Matthew Dellavedova is out for the rest of the campaign because of a neck problem, while Dylan Windler will miss the game because of a knee issue.
Larry Nance Jr. will not be able to feature in tonight’s game because of a thumb injury.
Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Predicted Lineups
The Indiana Pacers will start the game with the guard duo of Caris LeVert and Edmond Sumner, with young forward Oshae Brissett starting at the 3. Doug McDermott will start at power forward and Domantas Sabonis will shift to center position in Myles Turner’s absence.
Aaron Holiday, who has tallied 7 points and 1.8 assists per game, will come off the bench to play significant minutes.
Head coach JB Bickerstaff is expected to field a backcourt of Collin Sexton and Isaac Okoro, with Dean Wade featuring at small forward.
Kevin Love is expected to retain his place as the team’s starting power forward. Jarrett Allen will start at center for the 2016 NBA champions.
Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Predicted Starting 5s
Point Guard – Caris LeVert l Shooting Guard – Edmond Sumner l Small Forward – Oshae Brissett Power Forward – Doug McDermott l Center – Domantas Sabonis.
Point Guard – Collin Sexton l Shooting Guard – Isaac Okoro l Small Forward – Dean Wade Power Forward – Kevin Love l Center – Jarrett Allen.