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Friday, November 15th (All times Eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (2-5) at Indiana Pacers (8-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers will try to keep the perfect start going Friday night when they welcome Central Division rival, the Milwaukee Bucks, to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Pacers are the NBA's only remaining unbeaten team. They are the first team in the league to start a season 8-0 since both the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans did it in the 2010-11 campaign. Interestingly enough, both the Lakers and Pelicans lost their ninth games that season.

Indiana reached 8-0 with a resounding 95-79 home victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday. The Pacers held the Grizz to 41 percent shooting and six Indiana players scored in double figures.

Paul George, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, had 23 points and seven rebounds. Lance Stephenson recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and 11 boards. He only committed one turnover.

The Pacers, who travel to Chicago for a critical game with the Bulls on Saturday night, held Danny Granger out of practice this week. The former All- Star was scheduled to resume practicing with the team after his calf injury, but head coach Frank Vogel elected to hold off on bringing Granger back until he's fully healed.

"He's coming off major knee surgery and then he's dealing with a calf strain. That's not something you want to push and have linger," Vogel said. "We understand that it's going to be a process until he's pain free. In the meantime, we're doing OK."

The Bucks are not.

Milwaukee dropped its third in a row on Wednesday, a 94-91 setback in Orlando to the Magic. Two of the Bucks three straight losses came on the road and Friday's game in Indianapolis is the last stop before two at home.

Against the Magic, the Bucks dressed eight players as injuries have taken a toll. Caron Butler, O.J. Mayo and Khris Middleton all played 42 minutes or more and were high scorers against Orlando.

The Magic outscored the Bucks, 71-55 the final three quarters.

"I was hoping we would be able to sustain, particularly in the second half," said Bucks head coach Larry Drew. "And we did wear down."

On the injury front, the Bucks are expected to be short-handed once again. Ersan Ilyasova (ankle), Larry Sanders (thumb) and Carlos Delfino (foot) are out. Luke Ridnour (back) is doubtful and Brandon Knight (hamstring), Gary Neal (foot) and Zaza Pachulia (foot) are listed as questionable.

The Bucks and Pacers split last season's four meetings with each team winning at home. Milwaukee has dropped four straight in Indianapolis.

11/15 10:25:48 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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