The Indiana Pacers will know in a few hours if they caught the Milwaukee Bucks at the right time or the wrong time.
The Bucks return home after a five-game road trip, and they host the Pacers on the heels of their first two-game losing streak of the season.
So do the Pacers find an angry Bucks team or a team that will continue to struggle in its first valley of the season?
The Bucks appear to be regaining their health, and new signee Pau Gasol will have a practice under his belt. Rookie Donte DiVincenzo is available for his first action in more than two months, but it remains to be seen if he’ll see any minutes.
Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out the first game of the road trip with knee soreness and had his minutes monitored carefully thereafter, but he is a go for tonight. Victor Oladipo
The Pacers already are without start guard Victor Oladipo, who had season-ending knee surgery in January. They also will be without key bench forward Domantas Sabonis, who is out with a sprained ankle.
The Pacers (42-23) have been a surprise this season as they’ve steadily held the third spot in the East, even after Oladipo’s injury. Wes Matthews has helped steady the ship, signing with Indiana after being traded to the New York Knicks and then being waived.
The Bucks are 25-5 at Fiserv Forum and hold a 2-1 season-series lead over the Pacers. In fact, the Pacers are the only Central Division team to beat the Bucks, who are 12-1 in division play.