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Pacers Look To Maintain Playoff Slot

Last updated on Monday, April 16, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Pacers host the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Pacers clinched a playoff berth for the second-consecutive season with their 105-99 victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday Night.

The Blue-and-Gold are currently third in the Eastern Conference. They have a two-and-a-half-game lead over Boston and a three-game advantage over Atlanta and Orlando in the battle for the number-three seed.

The Timberwolves have lost nine games in a row and have been without All-Star forward Kevin Love the past two games as Love recovers from a mild concussion. Guard Luke Ridnour has also missed Minnesota's last six games with a sprained ankle. Neither Love nor Ridnour made the trip to Indianapolis.

The Timberwolves have already been eliminated from playoff contention in the Western Conference.

The Pacers won the first meeting between the two teams this season, knocking off Minnesota 109-99 February first in Minneapolis.

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