NBA Game of the Day – 3/20/12 – Clippers at Pacers

Los Angeles Clippers at Indiana Pacers

3/20/12

7:00 PM Eastern time / 4:00 PM Pacific time

Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN

TV: NBA League pass  Local: Fox Sports West (Directv 692)

Line: Indiana Pacers – 3.5

2011-12 Records:

Los Angeles Clippers: 26-18 (4th Western conference)

Indiana Pacers: 25-18 (5th Eastern conference)

Record vs. each other: n/a (have not played)

Players of interest:

Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

Indiana Pacers: Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert

Why you want to watch:

  • The 2 teams play for the first and only match up this season.
  • Both teams are coming into this match struggling of late. The Clippers have won their last 2 games but have gone 7-9 in their last 16 games. The Pacers have lost 2 in a row and 6 of their last 8 games.
  • The Clippers are on the first game of a 3 game road trip that will take them to Memphis and close out the trip in New Orleans.
  • The Clippers are fighting to catch the Lakers who are 1 1/2 games ahead of them for both the Pacific division lead and 4th spot in the Western conference.
  • Leandro Barbosa, who was acquired in a trade with the Toronoto Raptors, is expected to make his debut with the Pacers in tonight’s game.
  • Both teams have done well against the other conference. The Pacers are 9-3 against the West and the Clippers are 11-4 against teams from the East.

– Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern”