Cleveland Cavaliers (19-36) vs. Indiana Pacers (35-22)
Tip-off: 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
TV: FOX Sports Ohio HD; Cavaliers Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.
C – Tristan Thompson vs. Roy Hibbert
PF – Antawn Jamison vs. David West
SF – Alonzo Gee vs. Danny Granger
SG – Anthony Parker vs. Paul George
PG – Donald Sloan vs. George Hill
All-Time Series: Cavaliers lead, 82-81.
Streaks: The Cavs won the previous game, Feb. 15 at The Q. The teams have split the season series, with the Pacers winning in OT in Indy.
Notes and Observations:
Let’s start with the Pacers, who are two games ahead of Boston for the third-best record in the East. … While the Celtics would get the No. 3 seed by winning their division, the Pacers would still own home-court if they met in the playoffs. … This is the first two games in a row between the teams. They play again Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. … Pacers have won seven of last 10; Cavs have lost eight of 10, but won two of past three. … It’s been The Lester Hudson Show in Cleveland. In the last three games, the 6-foot-3 guard is averaging 24.7 points, 5.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds. … Since April 1, Hudson’s 19.0 ppg leads the NBA in scoring off the bench. … Not bad for a guy who just signed his second 10-day contract. … The Pacers will be a stiffer challenge for Hudson, of course. They’re a hungry, physical playoff team. … Pacers PG Darren Collison (groin) is a game-time decision. … This is the second of a seven-games-in-nine-days stretch for Cavs. … In the past three games, Jamison is averaging 25.3 points on 50-percent shooting.