This will be a good test for the Indiana Pacers given the way the Clippers have been playing, these two meet up back in early December in Los Angeles and the Pacers took control early of that game without ever giving up their lead, they eventually won the game by 5 points. The Clippers know that they need to prove that they have what it takes to beat a team like the Pacers if they want any hopes of making the playoffs.
The Clippers have pushed the envelope in their game recently, trying to create a little more off the dribble and pass as well as in their shooting offense. Head coach Doc Rivers is really trying to get the defensive side in their heads because without that they stand alone. This will be a great game to test their defensive skills as the Pacers bring one of the hottest offenses in the NBA to the court. Stepping up and really making the perimeter like a wall will force Indiana to adjust on the fly and rebounding will become an important factor.
Indiana knows how to defend the high flying Clipper offense; they also leave very little room to move in the pain forcing the Clippers to keep their back to the rim. I expect the Pacers to really control the ball position as well as the clock; they will force turnovers and start their defense from the half court line chipping away at any fast break options the Clipper might try. I like the Pacer to win this game at home, they have so much to prove and taking down a top western conference team like the Clippers in both games would really help boost their momentum.