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TJ Warren stays hot, torches Orlando with 32 points in Pacers win

The veteran scorer kept it going to help Indy improve to 3-0 in the bubble.

T.J. Warren of the Indiana Pacers reacts during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Visa Athletic Center in the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 1, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Kim Klement - Pool/Getty Images

The Indiana Pacers are off to a 2-0 start without Domantas Sabonis, and TJ Warren has helped power them past the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards with some impressive scoring performances. Now they’ll face off against an Orlando Magic team that just lost Jonathan Isaac to an ACL tear. Both teams are undefeated, but only one can improve to 3-0 at the end of this matchup. The tip is set for 6:00 p.m. ET. We’ll live blog the action here.

8:24 p.m. ET — Warren had a modest fourth quarter and scored four points to finish with a game-high 32. He led all players in DKFP with 49, just barely missing out on a third straight 50-point performance. While his rebounding numbers were down, he got after it on the defensive end with three steals. He’s the driving force behind the Pacers’ success and is a force to be reckoned with. It’ll be interesting to see his pricing on DraftKings looks like moving forward.

7:47 p.m. — Warren surprisingly missed a few shots in the third quarter. He leads all scorers with 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting and is 4-for-5 from the deep. His 41.75 DKFP might not ballon much more because of Indiana’s 92-76 lead ahead of the final frame, but he’s proven to be an up-and-coming DFS must have. Maybe he’ll get a few more buckets down the stretch.

7:09 p.m. — Warren’s scoring has slowed down, but he’s a perfect 8-for-8 shooting at the half with 21 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals for 32.25 DKFP. The Pacers hold a 71-50 lead over the Magic, and Warren has a lot to do with that. Let’s see if he can keep it going down the stretch.

6:37 p.m. — Warren got cooking early as the Pacers jumped out to a 43-22 lead. He tallied 17 points, a rebound, and an assist to finish the first frame with 23.25 DKFP. It looks like he’s ready to light it up from beyond the arc and has made all three of his shots from deep.

Game lines

Point spread: Magic (-1.5), Pacers (+1.5)
Over/Under: 224.5
Moneyline: Magic (-120), Pacers (+102)