There’s never a good time to lose your starting center, but the Indiana Pacers (23-19 SU, 22-20 ATS) could be in extra-deep trouble if they don’t get Ian Mahinmi back in time for Friday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. Tip-off is at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN.
Mahinmi (17.5 PER) sprained his left ankle during the first half of Tuesday’s 97-94 victory over the Phoenix Suns (+6.5 at home) and did not return to the game. His status for the trip to Golden State is unknown; the Pacers are idle between now and Friday, while the Warriors were scheduled to play Wednesday in Chicago against the Bulls. Point guard Rodney Stuckey (12.5 PER) is also out for Indiana with a bone bruise in his right foot.
Golden State (38-4 SU, 25-16-1 ATS) still has the best record in the NBA, but the Dubs have run out of betting value at 9-9-1 ATS since the last time they played Indiana. That was on December 8; the Warriors took that game 131-123 as 5.5-point road favorites. Small forward Harrison Barnes (14.8 PER) missed that game for Golden State, but he’ll be in uniform for Friday’s rematch.