Shipping Up to Boston: Indiana Pacers Look to Rebound Against the Celtics

G. HealyCorrespondent IIJanuary 5, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 16:  Glen Davis #11 of the Boston Celtics fights to keep the ball as Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the Indiana Pacers defends on March 16, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 92-80. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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After suffering their worst defeat in quite some time, the Pacers will look to regroup and return to their winning ways against the Boston Celtics. This will be no easy task as Boston just so happens to be riding a four game winning streak and is undefeated at home this season. 

The Celtics are coming off a victory against the New Jersey Nets, beating them Wednesday night 89-70. 

The Pacers were riding high after their own victory against the Nets earlier in the week but they were brought back down to Earth last night in a 118-83 loss to the Miami Heat. The Pacers, who were looking to make a statement in Miami, left South Beach with more questions than answers.

Boston took three out of four from the Pacers last season, but have not been the dominant team so far this season as they have been in the past.

Boston started off the season on a three game skid but have since turned it around. They won their last four games and are looking to continue the streak against Indiana.

The Pacers are an up-and-coming bunch who are looking to break out against a team who is better than them on paper. They failed their first real test of the season last night against the Heat and will get their second big test of the season tomorrow night against the Celtics. 

Both teams come into the game with four wins on the season, all victories coming against inferior opponents. The Bullets, Nets, and Detroit account for six of the two teams' combined eight wins.

The Celtics are led in scoring by Ray Allen who is posting 20 points per game. 

The Pacers leading scorer is Danny Granger who is only posting 15.2 points per game and is still looking to find his shot this season. So far, Granger is only shooting at 31 percent from the field. In comparison, Allen is operating at 56 percent.

As the good teams begin separating themselves from the bad teams in this young season, both squads could use a victory Friday night in Boston. Tip off is at 7:30 PM, and this matchup looks like it's shaping up to be a great game.

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