NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 27th (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (15-10) at San Antonio Spurs (21-7), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers conclude a three-game toad trip tonight, as they stop off in San Antonio to play the defending world champion Spurs at the SBC Center.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Pacers are scheduled to host the Spurs on February 12, 2006 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Indiana has won two of the last three meetings in this series, while the Spurs have won four of the last six contests. The Pacers have dropped three straight and six of their last seven at San Antonio.
The Pacers are 0-2 on their current road swing. On Monday, Dirk Nowitzki went 11-of-11 from the foul line and scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks past Indiana, 102-80, at American Airlines Center.
Jermaine O'Neal ended with 15 points in the loss to the Mavericks for Indiana, while Jamaal Tinsley and Stephen Jackson both netted 12 for the Pacers, who have dropped two straight following a three-game winning streak.
Indiana is 6-7 on the road this season. After tonight's game, the Pacers return home to host a pair of games against the Toronto Raptors and Seattle SuperSonics.
San Antonio will try and rebound from a loss on Christmas Day. On Sunday, Chauncey Billups scored 20 points and added six assists, as the Detroit Pistons exacted some revenge by defeating the Spurs 85-70 in a rematch of the 2005 NBA Finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Tony Parker finished with 19 points in the loss to the Pistons for San Antonio, while Tim Duncan netted 18 and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who had a two-game winning streak halted and lost for the third time in their last eight games.
On the injury front for San Antonio, All-Star guard Manu Ginobili (foot) is questionable for tonight's game. Ginobili has missed eight straight contests with the injury.
The Spurs, who will host the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Thursday, are 12-1 at the SBC Center this season. They have won seven in a row as the host.
12/27 10:24:40 ET