Pistons-Pacers Preview 4-23-12

(AP) — Having clinched the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers are free to focus on regaining their momentum for the playoffs.

They’ll try to do that by adding to a lengthy home win streak over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

After suffering a close defeat a day earlier, Indiana (41-23) officially wrapped third place in the East with Atlanta’s loss to New York on Sunday. The Pacers’ finish is their highest since they had the best record in the NBA in 2003-04.

Indiana, though, is coming off the end to its first seven-game win streak since Feb. 28-March 12, 2004, and only its second defeat in 13 games this month.

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