The Indiana Pacers are inching closer to securing home-court advantage for the opening round of the playoffs. A visit from the Minnesota Timberwolves could help them take another step toward to that goal.
Indiana will try to earn a fifth straight win and send the short-handed Timberwolves to a 10th consecutive loss Monday night.
The Pacers (38-22) have taken a firm grip on the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference by winning eight of nine. If they remain in the top four, they'll open the playoffs at home for the first time since 2004.
Indiana defeated Milwaukee 105-99 on Saturday despite not making a basket in the final 4:19. Roy Hibbert scored the team's final six points from the free-throw line and finished with 23 to lead seven Pacers in double figures.
"We did a great job of finishing our plays," guard Leandro Barbosa said. "We've been doing that for a couple of games, and that's going to be important for the playoffs."
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