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Thunder Looking to Beat Pacers


In a Friday night clash, the Oklahoma City Thunder, with a 52-24 record, will face the Indiana Pacers, with a 43-34 mark. Both teams are seeking redemption after recent road losses: the Thunder fell to the Boston Celtics, while the Pacers succumbed to the Brooklyn Nets.

In their only meeting this season, the Pacers secured a resounding 121-111 victory as visitors.

Now, the Thunder find themselves concluding a tough road trip, battling for division supremacy alongside the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets. Despite their recent setbacks, they currently remain just one game out of first place.

Thunder Look to Bounce Back in a Nimble Way

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a standout in the NBAhas experienced a slight decline in performance, scoring less than 24 points in four of his last five games.

With a quadriceps contusion, his availability for Friday's game is uncertain. Jalen Williams, another key player, missed Wednesday's game due to an ankle injury and is also questionable.

Williams, with a promising season underway, is averaging 19.3 points per game on a solid 53% shooting percentage.

Meanwhile, Chet Holmgren's recent point production has been modest, with 11 or fewer points in four of his last five games, averaging 16.6 points per game.

On the road, Oklahoma City has posted a 2-3 record in its last five games, with its most recent win coming against the New York Knicks to start the latest trip.

Offensive power is not a problem for the Thunder, who average 119.9 points per game, ranking them fourth in the league.

Defensively, however, they have allowed 112 or fewer points in three of their last five games, conceding an average of 113.3 points, ranking them 13th.

Pacers Look for Third Win in a Row

The Pacers are in search of their third straight win, aiming to maintain their solid position in the conference standings. Although they are currently out of contention for first place in the division, they sit comfortably in seventh place, just 2.5 games out of fourth place.

The Pacers have shown resilience in recent meetings, winning two of their last three games.

Their matchups against the Nets this week were a mixed bag: they dominated the first game with a resounding 133-111 win, but stumbled in the rematch, succumbing in a narrow 115-111 loss on the road. However, they have managed to cover the line in three of their last five games.

Pascal Siakam has excelled since joining the Pacers in January, delivering stellar performances on a consistent basis. The 29-year-old forward has scored 20-plus points in three of his last five games, including a formidable 26-point display on Wednesday.

Averaging an impressive 21.8 points per game, Siakam continues to be a vital asset to the team. Meanwhile, Tyrese Haliburton has been a scoring force, scoring at least 21 points in four of their last five contests.

The 24-year-old point guard contributed 24 points in Wednesday's game, while maintaining an impressive season-long average of 20.4 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game.

Myles Turner's absence Wednesday due to a hand injury raises concerns, as the 28-year-old center has been a consistent contributor averaging 16.8 points per game.

At home, the Pacers boast a decent 3-2 record in their last five games, highlighted by a remarkable win against the Los Angeles Lakers.

They have managed to cover the line in three of those contests. Offensively, Indiana continues to shine, leading the NBA with an average of 122.7 points per game.

Defensively, however, they have shown vulnerability, conceding 115 points or fewer in only three of their last five games and allowing an average of 120.3 points, ranking them 28th in the league.

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