Indiana Pacers make the playoffs for the first time since 2020. 

The Indiana Pacers have clinched the sixth seed in the playoffs after finishing the regular season 47-35 and winning four of their last five games.

Graphic by ClutchPoints
Graphic by ClutchPoints

The Pacers clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 157-115 win over the Atlanta Hawks on the final day of the regular season. The Pacers will take on the third seed Milwaukee Bucks in a best-of-seven series in the first round. Game one of the series was played in Milwaukee on April 21, and the series stands at 1-1.

The Pacers and Bucks have seen each other five times this season, with the Pacers winning the series 4-1. The teams had not met since the Pacers added Pascal Siakam to their roster and the Bucks made a coaching change going from Adrian Griffin to Doc Rivers. 

The Pacers and Bucks have been longtime division rivals, but this year has had some extra tension after a fight for a game ball back in December. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 64 points and thought he deserved the game ball, but Oscar Tshiebwe scored his first point in a Pacer’s uniform and so there was a disagreement and altercation postgame. 

This is only the third time the Bucks and Pacers will have met in the postseason, but you can say that emotions will be high for both teams. 

Kenzie Pittenger is a senior majoring in Sport Management with a certificate in Journalism. In her free time, Kenzie enjoys working for the Pacers and Fever while keeping up with Women’s College Basketball. Insta: @kenziepittenger27

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