NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Indiana 18 12 32 32 94
Brooklyn 27 35 20 22 104
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , February 10, 2021
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Pacers' offense hopes to pick on Nets' woeful defense

According to STATS
According to STATS

Indiana Pacers at Brooklyn Nets

  1. The Pacers have won 11 of their last 13 games against the Nets and each of the last six in Brooklyn by an average margin of 12.2 points. The Nets won the most recent matchup in Indiana in February 2020 on a game-winner by Spencer Dinwiddie with 5.3 seconds remaining.
  2. Indiana has lost five of its last six games despite shooting nearly identical percentages as its opponents (47.4 percent to 47.5). They have allowed 12.0 offensive rebounds for 18.7 second chance points on average in that span, most in the NBA since January 29.
  3. The Nets fell to the Pistons Tuesday night, 122-111, their fourth loss in their last five. They have allowed at least 120 points in each of their last seven games and 11 of their last 12. The last team to allow 120+ points 11 times in a 12 game-span was the 1990-91 Denver Nuggets.
  4. Myles Turner blocked two shots in Indiana's loss to Utah on Sunday, his 40th consecutive game with at least one block. That is the longest active streak in the NBA and the longest streak by a Pacer since Jermaine O'Neal from 2006-2007 (54 straight).
  5. James Harden put up 24 points and 12 assists in the loss to Detroit and has had double-digit assists in 11 of his 12 games with Brooklyn. His 142 assists are the most in a player's first 12 games with any NBA team since Deron Williams had 153 for the Nets in 2011-12.
  6. The Nets are playing in the second game of a back-to-back while the Pacers have had two days off. Since the start of 2015-16, the Nets are just 15-58 (.205) in the second game of a back-to-back, worst in the league, while the Pacers are 56-25 (.691) with 2+ days off, second best in the NBA (Toronto, 59-26).
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Indiana Pacers had two days to review what went wrong with their offense against an elite Western Conference foe.

The Brooklyn Nets will not get much time to rehash their defensive issues against one of the NBA's worst teams.

Coming off their least productive game of the season, the Pacers hope to halt a three-game losing streak Wednesday night when they visit the Nets, who also are on a three-game skid and hoping to correct a myriad of defensive woes.

Indiana produced one of its better defensive showings of the season Sunday in a 103-95 loss to the Jazz. Utah's point total was the fourth fewest allowed by the Pacers this season. The better defensive showing came after the Pacers allowed at least 110 points in eight of their previous 11 games, but it was negated by an offense that produced a season low in points and shot a season-low 39.8 percent.

The Sunday defeat is part of a 6-10 slide since Jan. 9 after the Pacers opened the season with six wins in the first eight games.

Domantas Sabonis led Indiana with 20 points against the Jazz but shot 7 of 19. He is shooting 31.2 percent (10 of 32) in his past two games after consecutive games with at least 30 points.

"We're obviously a little frustrated with the last four or five games," Indiana's Doug McDermott said. "It hasn't gone the way we wanted them to go, but we also know what we're capable of, how we started this year. We know we have enough in that locker room to win games."

Brooklyn is experiencing similar frustration as Indiana, but its three-game losing streak is magnified because of the star power of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden and a porous defense. The Nets are 7-6 since acquiring Harden on Jan. 14 but the Big Three have played only six games together.

The trio was not together Tuesday in the Nets' 122-111 road loss to the Detroit Pistons because Durant is out until at least Saturday due to the NBA's COVID-19 protocols. He was allowed to play 19 minutes as a reserve Friday, then was pulled in the third quarter of Brooklyn's 123-117 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

The Nets are 3-5 when Durant does not play.

Without Durant for the second straight game, the Nets allowed the Pistons to shoot 56 percent from the floor. Brooklyn trailed by as many as 20 points on a night when Irving scored 27 points and Harden added 24. It was the 14th time Brooklyn allowed at least 120 points and the eighth instance when the Nets allowed the opponent to make at least half of its field-goal attempts.

"We look very average, and we have the talent that the eye test presents, that we should be dominating," Irving said. "We're dealing with a lot of the reality that we're putting this together on the fly."

Offense is not the problem for the Nets as they have scored at least 110 points in all but four games and shot at least 50 percent 13 times. Brooklyn is allowing 118.4 points per game, the second-worst mark in the league.

"It's up to the team to decide what type of team they want to be, what they want to get out of this experience," Nets coach Steve Nash said. "I think our team needs to challenge themselves and figure out who they want to represent together."

Indiana has won on each of its past six trips to Brooklyn and owns 11 victories in its past 14 meetings with the Nets overall.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 10, 2021

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