Sixers-Pacers preview: Solving Indiana's defense
Pacers have won three of last season's four series meetings and 12 of 14 overall.
Indiana Pacers (5-3) at 76ers (4-4)
Friday at 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center
The Pacers have held their last three opponents – the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs – to an average of 94.7 points. They did that after surrendering an average of 115.6 points in their first five games. The improved defense is a major reason why Indiana is riding a three-game winning streak. The Pacers also ranked fourth in field-goal percentage (48.3 percent) and fifth in scoring at 111.5 points per game. Former Sixer Thad Young is coming off his best game as a Pacer. The power forward finished with 26 points against the Cavs on Wednesday,
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44 Bojan Bogdanovic SF 6-8 13.0 ppg 3.0 rpg.
21 Thad Young PF 6-8 14.4 ppg. 6.1 rpg.
11 Domantas Sabonis C 6-11 13.1 ppg. 11.1 rpg.
4 Victor Oladipo SG 6-4 23.8 ppg. 3.5 apg.
2 Darren Collison PG 6-0 14.3 ppg. 7.3 apg.
Coach: Nate McMillan (14th season, 525-495)
Injury report: Glenn Robinson III (left ankle surgery, out), Edmond Sumner (left knee surgery (out), Myles Tuner (concussion and sore neck).
33 Robert Covington SF 6-9 14.6 ppg. 1.8 spg
9 Dario Saric PF 6-10 7.4 ppg. 4.5 rpg.
21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 20.9 ppg. 10.3 rpg.
17 J.J. Redick SG 6-4 12.3 ppg. 3.2 apg.
25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 18.5 ppg. 9.6 rpg.
Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 79-257)
Injury report: J.J. Redick (lower-back tightness, probable); Markelle Fultz (shoulder injury, out)
Head to head
The Pacers hold a 46-39 series advantage. Indiana has won three of the last season's four meetings 12 of the previous 14.
Tuesday: 9 p.m., at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Sixers vs. Utah Jazz
Thursday: 10 p.m., at Steep Train Arena, Sixers vs. Sacramento Kings
Nov. 11: 8:30 p.m., at Oracle Arena, Sixers vs. Golden State Warriors
Nov. 13: 10:30 p.m., at Staples Center, Sixers vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Nov. 15: 1030 p.m., at Staples Center, Sixers vs. Los Angeles Lakers