The Pacers will face their toughest test of the season when they take on the Clippers at the Staples Center on Sunday December 1. The Pacers have been blowing away their opposition so far this season with only the Bulls managing to tame the Eastern Conference leaders.
Meanwhile the Clippers have also been flying high and posting some pretty big points totals in the process. Defeat to the Grizzlies and OKC in recent weeks have been the only signs of the Californians slipping up whilst a 40 point victory against the Bulls on Sunday night was a clear sign they are gunning to end the Pacers incredible start to the season.
What’s sure is it’s going to be a tight game in Los Angeles. Both sides have in-form players although the clippers high-scoring could in fact prove too much for a Pacers side who are averaging under 100 points per game.
Whilst you would expect Indiana to be on the front foot it could prove a game of attack versus defence in the Clippers favour. Blake Griffin in particular will look to get at the Pacers. The 24-year-old Forward has been averaging 22 PPG this season and has come up trumps in the big games collecting 27 against the Heat and Thunder as well as 25 hosting the Timberwolves.
And it isn’t just Griffin who’s checking in with a good average. Chris Paul is also approaching a 20 PPG average and could prove to be a tricky opponent for the Pacers defence. It will be a chance for the form team so far to test their mettle against a good side and the likes of Paul George will no doubt cause plenty of problems himself.
Previous matchups would suggest the game will be a close matchup, and the current form wouldn’t suggest otherwise. The last 10 games have been split evenly between the two and you wouldn’t be surprised to see overtime come Sunday evening.
What could prove to be the difference for those looking to play the NBA odds is the Pacers main-man Paul George. Combined with the other George, George Hill, the team have been far and away the best in the NBA so far and took 50 points between them from the Timberwolves in a 98-84 mauling on Monday, whilst a leaky Clippers defence is only going unnoticed thanks to a superstar attack.
It is a game that cannot be called, but a game that will no doubt prove to be the game of the weekend.