Indiana Pacers (6-8) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (7-7)
There was a time this offseason when Indiana was thought to be the second best team (at least for the regular season) in the Eastern Conference. This was a young team, committed to defense and able to find scoring from just about anywhere.
David West, Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger were all capable of taking the scoring load depending on the matchup and Indiana was a great defensive team.
The Pacers have been without Granger, it is true, but Hibbert has really struggled for various reasons and David West has had to step up and carry the team. He is good, but not quite that good. Not anymore at least.
Indiana has limped out to a disappointing start and sits in the bottom third of the Eastern Conference nowhere near where the team expected to be. The same thing could be said for the Lakers who are still getting used to Mike D'Antoni and what he wants his team to do.
He may be without Kobe...