The Indiana Pacers (48-27) and Oklahoma City Thunder (55-20) have very different thoughts on the No. 2 seed for the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the moment. The Pacers are fighting hard to take back the No. 2 seed from the streaking New York Knicks in the East and sit just a half-game behind New York heading into the matchup with OKC on Friday.
The Thunder have positioned themselves to escape the No. 2 seed in the West. They dispatched the Spurs on Thursday and moved within a half-game of San Antonio for the top spot, and because they have a better conference record they can jump into the No. 1 slot with a win -- by virtue of the secondary playoff tiebreaker.
The game will feature a fascinating matchup between Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the second-best offense in the NBA, and Roy Hibbert, Paul George and the top defensive unit in the association. In the first head-to-head meeting on Dec. 9, OKC emerged with a 104-93 win thanks to 48.7 percent shooting, 27 points from Durant and 21 more from Westbrook. A late 8-0 run from the Thunder stunted a comeback attempt by Indiana in that game.
You will need to fire up NBA League Pass to see this game. When the two teams tip off at 8 p.m. ET, the Heat and Bobcats will be playing on ESPN. The Pacers are just a 2.5-point favorite at home and the over/under is 191.5 points, according to Odds Shark.