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Tyrese Haliburton
Tyrese Haliburton puts up 12/2/13/3/1 line in win
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 9:44 AM
Tyrese Haliburton posted a full line on Sunday with 12 points (5-of-10 FGs), two rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and one block against Atlanta.
Analysis: Haliburton only logged 25 minutes in this game because of how quickly Indiana took over. They dominated the Hawks, just like they have all season. In their four matchups this season, the Pacers have scored a total of 590 points, which includes three games with more than 150 points. With the win, Indiana locked up the 6th seed in the East and will take on Milwaukee in the first round. They are 4-1 against the Bucks this year, which includes a win in the In-Season Tournament. Haliburton and his team will get a week off before he makes his postseason debut, and the expectations will be high for the All-Star guard that helped end their playoff drought.
Myles Turner
Myles Turner drops 31 points in 22 minutes vs. ATL
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 9:37 AM
Myles Turner led the Pacers with 31 points (13-of-17 FGs), 12 rebounds, four blocks and three 3-pointers in a 157-115 win over the Hawks on Sunday.
Analysis: Indiana has had no issues with Atlanta this season, and that held true in this game. They dominated the Hawks from the opening tip, which included a big night from Turner. He had 11 in the first quarter and ended up having at least 30 points for just the second time this season despite only playing 22 minutes. Turner wasn't the only big that dominated Atlanta in this game, as Pascal Siakam also poured in 28 points. Seven different Pacers scored in double figures, including three reserves. This was an excellent all-around game for a team that will enter the postseason on a high note. Next up, they'll get a week off before taking on the Bucks in round one.
Jalen Smith
Smith, Toppin, Jackson available Sunday vs. Hawks
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 6:13 AM
Indiana Pacers on Twitter
Jalen Smith (left ankle sprain), Obi Toppin (left ankle sprain), and Isaiah Jackson (left hamstring strain) are available for Sunday's game against the Hawks.
Analysis: With Smith, Toppin, and Jackson available, the Pacers will have their entire rotation at the power forward and center positions. The impact of these players depends on how much starters Pascal Siakam and Myles Turner play, with Smith offering the highest potential among the reserves. Indiana can finish anywhere from fifth to eighth in the East, so there's plenty to play for on Sunday.
Jalen Smith
Smith, Toppin, Jackson questionable Sunday vs. ATL
Sat, Apr 13, 2024, 11:41 AM
NBA Injury Report
Jalen Smith (left ankle sprain), Obi Toppin (left ankle sprain), and Isaiah Jackson (left hamstring strain) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Hawks.
Analysis: While Jackson has missed two of Indiana's last three games, Smith and Toppin were part of the bench rotation for Friday's loss to the Cavaliers. Toppin exited after playing 16 minutes, hence his presence on the injury report. With Pascal Siakam and Myles Turner healthy, the statuses of Smith, Toppin, and Jackson will not significantly impact fantasy basketball.
Tyrese Haliburton
Tyrese Haliburton turns in 19/6/12 line in loss
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 4:28 PM
Tyrese Haliburton led the Pacers with 19 points (7-of-13 FGs), six rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, four triples and five turnovers in a 129-120 loss to Cleveland on Friday.
Analysis: Haliburton led a balanced effort for Indiana, though it wasn't enough to steal a win in Cleveland. They had won three straight games, with Haliburton scoring 30 in the last one. He has been the league leader in assists this season, though his numbers have dropped recently, and he only holds a slim lead over Trae Young. Of their last nine games, this was only Haliburton's second double-double, which is uncharacteristic for one of the best passers in the league. They're tied with Orlando and Philadelphia for fifth in the East, so they'll be looking for a big performance from Haliburton against the Hawks in the finale on Sunday.
Obi Toppin
Obi Toppin (ankle) exits early vs. Cleveland
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 4:19 PM
Pat Boylan on X
Obi Toppin exited early on Friday with a left ankle sprain but still finished with 10 points (4-of-8 FGs), two rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: Toppin dealt with a sprain in the same ankle last month, though it didn't force him to miss any time. In fact, he still hasn't missed a game all season. Before exiting early in this one, he still posted a full line and was one of eight Pacers to score in double figures. If he is forced to miss a game for the first time this season on Sunday, Doug McDermott will likely soak up his minutes and could continue to fill his role if he misses time during the playoffs.
Isaiah Jackson
Isaiah Jackson (hamstring) out Friday vs. Cavs
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 1:02 PM
Indiana Pacers on Twitter
Isaiah Jackson (left hamstring strain) is out for Friday's game against Cleveland.
Analysis: Jackson's absence leaves the Pacers with two options at the center position and not three, with Myles Turner and Jalen Smith being those players. Obi Toppin can help fill the void in case of foul trouble, as the Pacers need to match up with Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen.
Isaiah Jackson
Isaiah Jackson (hamstring) ‘unlikely' to play Fri.
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 12:28 PM
Tony East on Twitter
Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said Isaiah Jackson (left hamstring strain) is unlikely to play in Friday's game against Cleveland.
Analysis: Jackson was initially questionable for Friday's game, but it is unlikely that he'll play. Myles Turner and Jalen Smith are healthy and available, so the Pacers have enough to account for Jackson's expected absence.
Isaiah Jackson
Isaiah Jackson (hamstring) questionable for Friday
Thu, Apr 11, 2024, 11:09 AM
NBA Injury Report
Isaiah Jackson (left hamstring strain) is questionable for Friday's game against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: Jackson's status will not significantly impact fantasy basketball, as starter Myles Turner and primary backup Jalen Smith are absent from the Pacers' injury report.
Obi Toppin
Obi Toppin scores 23 points off the bench
Tue, Apr 9, 2024, 3:40 PM
Obi Toppin dropped 23 points in Tuesday's win over Toronto, adding six boards, two dimes, a steal, a block and a trio of three-pointers across 22 minutes.
Analysis: Toppin hadn't scored 20 or more points since January 26 when he finished with 23 against Phoenix. In that 33-game span, Toppin has averaged just 8.4 points across 18.4 minutes off the bench. He can get hot on any given night, and he shot a blistering 10-of-14 from the field in this surprise showing. Toppin is great in spurts, but he's an inconsistent microwave scorer who shouldn't be counted on to replicate this performance most nights.
Tyrese Haliburton
Tyrese Haliburton drops 30/5/5/2/1 in win vs. TOR
Tue, Apr 9, 2024, 3:32 PM
Tyrese Haliburton finished Tuesday's win over Toronto with 30 points, five boards, five dimes, two steals, a block and three triples across 31 minutes.
Analysis: Hali led all scorers on a night when he went 10-of-16 from the floor and 3-of-8 from beyond the arc. Efficiency has been a glaring concern of Hali's since the All-Star break, so Tuesday's performance was a welcomed call-back to his pre-break form. He came into this one having scored 20 total points on 6-of-18 shooting, making his huge game against the Raptors even more impressive. Hali and the Pacers are the No. 6 seed in the East, but just half a game separates Indy from the Play-In Tournament and 1.5 games separate the team from the No. 3 seed. The Pacers finish out the season with games against the Cavs on Friday and the Hawks on Sunday. Both of those contests could have huge playoff ramifications.
T.J. McConnell
T.J. McConnell scores 22 points in 27 minutes
Sun, Apr 7, 2024, 1:05 PM
T.J. McConnell finished Sunday's win over Miami with 22 points (11-of-14 FGs), five assists, and one steal in 27 minutes.
Analysis: Nights like this are why McConnell retains deep-league value despite coming off the bench. The Heat struggled to find an answer for the veteran point guard, who has hit double figures in scoring in 12 of his last 13 games. McConnell's improved scoring has come at a good time for the Pacers, as Tyrese Haliburton (12/4/8/0/2 with two 3-pointers) is shooting 43.3% from the field over the past two weeks. For fantasy managers whose leagues run through Week 24, McConnell's value is limited due to the Pacers only playing three games.
Myles Turner
Myles Turner posts 22/13/2/0/2 line vs. Heat
Sun, Apr 7, 2024, 1:01 PM
Myles Turner accounted for 22 points (6-of-12 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs), 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes in Sunday's 117-115 win over Miami.
Analysis: Bam Adebayo isn't an easy matchup, but Turner answered the call for the Pacers on Sunday. He recorded his first double-double since March 22 against the Warriors, and this was Turner's first 20-point double-double since January 19 in Portland. He was one of seven Pacers to finish in double figures, and Indiana moved into sixth in the East with the victory. Fellow frontcourt starters Pascal Siakam (18/8/1 with one 3-pointer) and Aaron Nesmith (16/5/3/0/2 with one 3-pointer) also hit double digits for the Pacers, who will play three games in Week 24.
Tyrese Haliburton
Tyrese Haliburton, Jalen Smith available Sunday
Sun, Apr 7, 2024, 8:22 AM
Anthony Chiang on Twitter
Tyrese Haliburton (back soreness) and Jalen Smith (left ankle sprain) are available for Sunday's game against the Heat.
Analysis: Haliburton's status is more impactful since he's the starting point guard and one of the most productive players in fantasy basketball. He will occupy his usual place in the lineup, with Smith serving as Myles Turner's primary backup. With Smith available to play, Isaiah Jackson's minutes take a hit.
Jalen Smith
Jalen Smith (ankle) questionable Sunday vs. Miami
Sat, Apr 6, 2024, 6:40 AM
NBA Injury Report
Jalen Smith (left ankle sprain) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Heat.
Analysis: Smith was considered questionable to return to Friday's win over Oklahoma City but never did. While Isaiah Jackson experienced an uptick in playing time, the same can be said for Obi Toppin, as the Pacers also played small at times. Jackson offers solid fantasy upside if Smith cannot play on Sunday, but deep-league managers should not overlook Toppin.
Tyrese Haliburton
Tyrese Haliburton (back) questionable for Sunday
Sat, Apr 6, 2024, 6:35 AM
NBA Injury Report
Tyrese Haliburton (back soreness) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Heat.
Analysis: Haliburton played 36 minutes in Friday's win over Oklahoma City, and the eight points scored were the fewest in a game for him since March 1 (zero vs. New Orleans). Should he sit out Sunday's game, Andrew Nembhard (who is already a starter) and T.J. McConnell would take on enhanced roles within the rotation. Also, rookie Ben Sheppard could move into the starting lineup to fill the void.
T.J. McConnell
T.J. McConnell double-doubles in win over Thunder
Fri, Apr 5, 2024, 2:25 PM
T.J. McConnell provided 16 points in Friday's win over the Thunder, adding 10 assists, five rebounds and a block across 21 minutes.
Analysis: McConnell played through an ankle injury and dominated in limited playing time, shooting an efficient 7-of-12 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. The veteran guard came away with his 11th double-digit scoring game over his last 12 outings while posting a double-double in the process. In that span, McConnell has averaged better than five assists and nearly a steal per contest while shooting better than 50% from the floor. He doesn't see a ton of minutes in Indiana's crowded rotation, but McConnell has been excellent on a per-minute basis. He'll look to finish out the week on a high note Sunday against the reeling Raptors.
Myles Turner
Myles Turner (finger) plays 18 minutes in return
Fri, Apr 5, 2024, 2:23 PM
Myles Turner finished Friday's big win over the Thunder with 16 points, three rebounds, a steal, a block and a pair of three-pointers across 18 minutes.
Analysis: Turner sat out Wednesday against Brooklyn due to a finger injury that forced him out of Monday's game early, but he returned in full force for the first half of Friday's win. Turner scored 12 points in the first half and logged 13 minutes, but he finished with just four more points and five more minutes in the second half as Indiana pulled away from OKC. In five games before sustaining the finger injury, Turner averaged 16.0 points, 6.2 boards, 2.2 swats and 2.2 triples. With another day to recover, he could be in line for more playing time Sunday, but the matchup is against Toronto, so negative gamescript could impact his minutes once again.
Jalen Smith
Jalen Smith (ankle) questionable to return Friday
Fri, Apr 5, 2024, 1:47 PM
Indiana Pacers on Twitter
Jalen Smith (left ankle sprain) is questionable for Friday's game against the Thunder.
Analysis: Smith played 13 minutes before spraining his ankle, accounting for 12 points, six rebounds, and two assists. If he's unable to return, more minutes will be available for Isaiah Jackson as Myles Turner's backup.
Myles Turner
Myles Turner (finger) available Friday vs. Thunder
Fri, Apr 5, 2024, 11:14 AM
Indiana Pacers on Twitter
Myles Turner (right finger sprain) is available for Friday's game against the Thunder.
Analysis: After sitting out Wednesday's loss to the Nets, Turner is back in the lineup. Jalen Smith will return to the bench, where his fantasy value takes a significant hit, while Isaiah Jackson could be out of the rotation entirely.


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