When the Oklahoma City Thunder tip off against Indiana tonight the Pacers will be without starting power forward Thaddeus Young who left Friday’s game, against Brooklyn, with a sprained right wrist. While x-rays proved negative for a break, Young is missing his second contest in a row after sitting out Saturday’s 105-84 win over Detroit.
In Young’s absence, Lavoy Allen produced 18 points and 11 rebounds, in 32 minutes, on Saturday. The six-year veteran out of Temple will most likely be awarded the start again tonight following his weekend performance. He’s played only once against OKC, logging two points, three rebounds, a steal, and an assist in fifteen minutes of play.
Oklahoma City travels to Indiana looking for a third consecutive win, having already beaten Memphis and Portland to get the streak going. Meanwhile, the Pacers are riding a six-game winning streak and are 19-6 at home this season. Oklahoma City (30-22, 12-15) is a 5-point underdog tonight.