The Pacers currently have an up-and-coming superstar in Paul George, a defensive stud in Roy Hibbert and several complementary pieces in George Hill, David West and Danny Granger that form one of the best rotations in the league.
They will prove how much damage they can make against top opposition in a tough back-to-back against Western Conference teams.
The Pacers already suffered a loss against the Portland Trail Blazers – arguably the biggest surprise after the first month of the regular season – and they will have even tougher opposition against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday and one day after they will visit the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Both teams will be a tough challenge for the Pacers. The Spurs are arguably one of the best teams in the NBA and were one step away from winning the title last season. The Thunder, on the other hand, have two superstars in Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, and Indiana will have their hands full going against two of the league’s most prolific scorers.
There won’t be any issue if the Pacers lose these two games as they probably won’t mean anything in the playoff standings. Because given how weak the Eastern Conference has been this year, the Pacers can be considered a lock to reach the postseason. However, this will be a good test for Frank Vogel’s boys as they will see how prepared they are to take on some of the best teams in the NBA.