Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Preview
Brooklyn at Indiana
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

Caris LeVert is looking like a breakout candidate for the Brooklyn Nets, who aim for their second straight win when they begin a three-game road trip at the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. A third-year pro out of Michigan, LeVert had some nice moments through his first two seasons but he's entered 2018-19 in very impressive fashion.

After posting 27 points in a season-opening loss at Detroit on Wednesday, the 24-year-old capped a career-high 28-point effort with the decisive basket with one second left in a 107-105 win over the New York Knicks on Friday. "[Coach Kenny Atkinson] had a lot of confidence to go back to me tonight and I just wanted to come through," LeVert told reporters after the win. The Pacers rolled to a 28-point win at home against Memphis to begin the season before falling 118-101 at Milwaukee on Friday. Doug McDermott hit 4-of-6 3-pointers but the rest of the Indiana roster was a combined 2-for-12 from the arc in the setback.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, YES (Brooklyn), FS Indiana

ABOUT THE NETS (1-1): LeVert, who shot 43.5 percent from the floor last season, is 18-for-31 through the first two games. Big man Jarrett Allen came on strong in the second half of 2017-18 and has opened this season with back-to-back double-doubles, including 15 points and 17 rebounds -- to go along with his second straight game with four blocked shots -- on Friday. Forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was out for the opener with a groin injury and missed the game against the Knicks after welcoming a baby boy.

ABOUT THE PACERS (1-1): Coach Nate McMillan was not pleased with his team's inability to defend the 3-point line, as Milwaukee was 17-of-47 from beyond the arc, and he found his players too sloppy on the other end. "We didn't show up defensively and offensively just way too many turnovers," he told reporters. "You're not going to win games with 17, 18 turnovers. It's not preseason. Its over. Preseason's over. Gotta be sharper with the ball." Victor Oladipo, who averaged 27.8 points in four games against Brooklyn last season, scored a team-high 25 points in Friday's loss.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Pacers PF Damantas Sabonis has 28 rebounds through the first two games.

2. Nets F Treveon Graham left Friday's win with a hamstring strain and is day-to-day.

3. Indiana has won seven straight meetings and six in a row at home.

PREDICTION: Pacers 105, Nets 99
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Brooklyn 1-1 W1 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-1 1-0 1-1
Indiana 1-1 L1 1-0 0-1 0-0 1-1 0-1 0-1
Last Meeting
Brooklyn Indiana
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/14/18 IND 108 BK 103 103 44 42.2 108 52 43.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Brooklyn A. Crabbe 24 56.2 1
Indiana V. Oladipo 25 37.5 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Brooklyn D. Carroll 10 0 10
Indiana M. Turner 14 6 8
Assists Player  
Brooklyn D. Russell 9
Indiana V. Oladipo 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Brooklyn C. LeVert 114 48.2 23
Indiana V. Oladipo 100 45.5 16
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Brooklyn J. Allen 48 15 33
Indiana D. Sabonis 75 29 46
Assists Player  
Brooklyn S. Dinwiddie 32
Indiana D. Collison 20
Quickchart Matchup
Brooklyn Brooklyn Off vs  Indiana Indiana Defense
Brooklyn Off vs Indiana - Points For 103.5 Points For
Brooklyn Off vs Indiana - Points Against 100.5 Points Against
Brooklyn - FG% 49.0 FG%
Indiana - FG% 39.0 FG%
Brooklyn - Reb 47.0 Reb
Indiana - Reb 39.0 Reb
Indiana Indiana Off vs  Brooklyn Brooklyn Defense
Indiana Off vs Brooklyn - Points For 106.0 Points For
Indiana Off vs Brooklyn - Points Against 104.0 Points Against
Indiana - FG% 50.0 FG%
Brooklyn - FG% 41.3 FG%
Indiana - Reb 49.0 Reb
Brooklyn - Reb 41.0 Reb