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Three things to watch this weekend: Can the Pacers keep winning? The Nets stop losing?

Nov 15, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

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There are a lot of interesting subplots we at PBT will watch as we head into this weekend — such ask, how loud can Sacramento Kings fans yell? — but here are the three things worth watching out for between going to you kid’s talent show and soccer games….

1) Can the Pacers improve to 10-0? Indiana is off to an attention-grabbing 8-0 start, seven short of tying the NBA record. They have what would normally be a tough back-to-back Friday and Saturday but they are catching some breaks. Friday night is a very banged up Bucks team — no Brandon Knight or Luke Ridnour at the point, no Caron Butler at the three, no Larry Sanders at the five, just injuries up and down the roster. It seems like a game the Pacers can win if they don’t look past it. Saturday night they get the Central Division rival Bulls, but they could be without Derrick Rose as he battles a hamstring injury. Still, the Bulls are back to playing Thibodeau-like defense and will be tough to beat (bet the under in that one).

2) Can the Nets find any offense and get a win? Brooklyn is on a swing out West, which is not going to be an easy place to improve on their 2-5 record — especially if they don’t find some offense. Even with all that talent the Nets are 27th in the NBA scoring just 96.9 points per 100 possessions. First on Friday night they are in the Phoenix to take on the surprising 5-3 Suns, a team with the fifth best defense in the NBA this young season. If the Nets fall into isolation ball again they will be in trouble, because then they can be defended and you can bet Eric Bledsoe will put up points. Saturday they get a Clippers team that is struggling but improving on defense, however they have the second best offense in the NBA and they are a force at home. How bad does it look in Brooklyn if they are 2-7?

3) How big a doghouse is Omer Asik in? Asik wants a trade out of Houston now that he is not starting… actually, he’s not playing at all. He’s got 4:22 two games ago and never got off the bench Thursday night. Greg Smith did as a backup center but injured his knee. He’s going to miss some time. Will Asik get a chance on the court? The Rockets only game this weekend is against Denver, a team where Dwight Howard can start and they can go small with the second unit (as they did against the Knicks Thursday). But it’s something to watch because the Rockets can’t bury Asik on the bench forever (nor should they).

  1. jerdogthompson - Nov 15, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I can assure you they will leave Staples center on Saturday with a loss.

  2. antistratfordian - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Call me when the Pacers play a good team.

    You know they’re hitting the road soon – 9 of their next 12 are on the road – they’ll be in LA for the Clippers, in SA for SA, in OKC for OKC – @Portland is always tough. And when they get back home they have to face Miami first thing. They’ll have to play the Spurs, Thunder and Heat one right after the other. So we’ll see how they come out of that. ;)

    Their next game is in Chicago. They better hope Derrick Rose plays.

  3. misterdreamer119 - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    derick rose sucks, the bulls were just as good with nate robinson leading them.

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