Sixers-Pacers preview: Looking to solve Indiana’s defensive puzzle










Indiana Pacers (39-28) at 76ers (36-29)





Tuesday at 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center

Talking points


The sixth-place Sixers are two games behind the third-place Pacers in the Eastern Conference standings. The Sixers must overcome the hot Pacers’ solid defense. Indiana has won five of its last six games, holding opponents to fewer than 100 points in the victories.






How to watch and follow the game

  • TV and streaming: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Radio: 97.5 FM
  • Twitter: @PompeyOnSixers; @NBASarah

Starting lineups

Pacers (39-28)

44 Bojan Bogdanovic SF 6-8  14.3 ppg. 3.3 rpg

21 Thad Young PF 6-8  11.5 ppg. 6.0 rpg.




33 Myles Turner C 6-11 13.6 ppg. 7.0 rpg.

4 Victor Oladipo SG 6-4  23.8 ppg. 4.3 apg.

6  Cory Joseph PG 6-3 8.1 ppg. 3.1 rpg.

Coach: Nate McMillan (14th season, 559-520)




Injury report: None.

Sixers (36-28)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  12.6 ppg. 5.5 rpg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  15.0 ppg. 7.0 rpg.




21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 23.4 ppg. 10.9 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  16.6 ppg. 3.2 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 16.3 ppg. 7.6 apg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 111-282)




Injury report: Markelle Fultz (shoulder rehabilitation and working on his shot, out); Furkan Korkmaz (Lisfranc injury, left foot rehabilitation, out).

Head to head

The Sixers hold a 97-77 series advantage.

Coming games




Thursday: 7:30 p.m., at Madison Square Garden,  Sixers vs. New York Knicks

Friday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Brooklyn Nets vs. Sixers

Monday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Charlotte Hornets vs. Sixers

March 21: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sixers




March 22: 7 p.m. at Amway Center, Sixers at Orlando Magic









































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