Pacers news: Tyreke Evans available to play, Domantas Sabonis out vs. Magic
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Tyreke Evans available to play, Domantas Sabonis out for Pacers vs. Magic

Tyreke Evans, Domantas Sabonis, Pacers

Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans will be ready to play against the Orlando Magic, while center Domantas Sabonis will remain out due to injury.

Tyreke Evans has missed the Pacers’ last two games due to food poisoning, but he seems to have recovered and rested well enough to return to the team’s line-up. This means that Indiana will have another scoring option off the bench, as the former Rookie of the Year winner is averaging 10.2 points per game while shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from beyond the arc.

Domantas Sabonis’ absence, meanwhile, could impact the team on both ends of the floor. He’s currently putting up 14.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game this year, while shooting an impressive 61.0 percent, including 57.1 percent from deep. Without him, Indiana could have all sorts of problems defending Orlando’s All-Star big man, Nikola Vucevic.

Myles Turner and TJ Leaf could see extended minutes for the Pacers in Sabonis’ absence.

The Magic will go up against the Pacers carrying a strong wave of momentum. They are coming off a 103-96 win against the two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors on Thursday, and they would certainly like to take down another top team. Every game is a must-win for Orlando, who are currently the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference.

As for Indiana, they are also in need a win for them to put some type of cushion between them and the Philadelphia 76ers for the third seed in the East.