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The San Antonio Spurs get set to battle the Indiana Pacers in a matchup that will feature two of the best young wings in the game.

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Indiana Pacers

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
December 21, 2015, 7:30 PM Spurs Time
TV: FSSW - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI

Following a big win versus the Los Angeles Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs have another challenging matchup versus a very good Indiana Pacers squad.

The Pacers have changed up from their slow-down, grind-out-defensively style of play in favor of an up-tempo, pace-and-space offensive attack. They are led, of course, by Paul George, who has had a phenomenal comeback from his ugly knee injury in the summer of 2014.

George is averaging a career-high 26.2 points per game, on 43.4% from the field. He is also shooting 41.6% from deep, a red-hot mark considering he's taking 7.6 three-point attempts per contest. George is also collecting 7.6 rebounds per game, 4 assists, and 1.6 steals.

Containing George will be difficult, but the Spurs have the best man for the job in Kawhi Leonard. Leonard has the length and quickness to keep up with George all over the floor and make his life as difficult as possible. Conversely, George will be tasked with defending the much-improved Leonard, a job he may also be the best suited for. The matchup on the wings will be highly contested, and it has the chance to be one of the best back-and-forth games we'll see this year.

Apart from George, the Spurs will also have to defend the three-guard-attack of C.J. Miles, George Hill, and Monta Ellis. Miles is shooting over 40% from 3 this year, and Hill and Ellis are both very good at handling the ball and getting to their spots within the offense.

The Spurs will be spread out on defense, with each defender having to account for their own man. The Pacers have threats all over the floor, so it will be important for the Spurs to stay in front of their assignments. If just one defender gets beat, the Pacers are smart and talented enough to take advantage of that, then kick out to the open man for a shot.

Offensively, the Spurs will no doubt look to slow the game down, and run heavy doses of post-ups with Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. Against the Clippers, Aldridge  carried the Spurs on offense, as he had 26 points on 11-18 from the field. That's a heck of a confidence-builder for a guy the Spurs will need to take and make a lot of shots as the season goes on if they're going to have a real shot at winning the title. The Pacers have a good defense, but Aldiridge should be able to use his size around the basket to create scoring opportunities.

vs.

Indiana Pacers (16-10)

San Antonio Spurs (23-5)

December 21, 2015

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

7:30 PM CDT

TV: FSSW

Radio: WOAI 1200AM

Starters

George Hill

PG

Tony Parker

Monta Ellis

SG

Danny Green

C.J. Miles

SF

Kawhi Leonard

Paul George

PF

LaMarcus Aldridge

Ian Mahinmi

C

Tim Duncan


For the Pacers perspective, please visit Indy Cornrows.

Game prediction: Spurs by 5.

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