(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The Indiana Pacers are back home after going winless on their three-game road trip.
The blue-and-gold host the struggling Seattle Supersonics this evening. The Pacers are 24-and-39 following losses at Houston, San Antonio and Cleveland last week. The Sonics own the fourth-worst record in the NBA at 16-and-47. Seattle has lost their last four games, the latest coming Sunday afternoon at Toronto. The Sonics edged Indiana the first time the two teams played, pulling out a 95-93 win in Seattle on November 30th.
The Pacers continue to benefit from the inability of the teams ahead of them in the standings to string together some wins. They enter play tonight tied with Charlotte for eleventh place in the Eastern Conference, but they are just two games behind eighth-place Atlanta for the final playoff berth. The Hawks lost at Orlando last night.
New jersey is ninth in the east, a half-game behind the Hawks. The Nets have lost six in a row after losing at Houston last night.
The Chicago Bulls are tenth, one game behind Atlanta and a game ahead of Indiana and Charlotte. The Bulls have lost two-straight games.
The Bobcats are the lone team doing anything at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings having won five games in a row.
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