"Andrew's going to play tonight," Pacers coach Frank Vogel told reporters after the team's shootaround. "It was really nothing that we saw with Andrew that made us decide. It was just a matter of meeting with [team president] Larry [Bird], seeing where our team is.
"I think he can give us a little bit of an emotional jolt with us losing four in a row combined with [backup center] Ian [Mahinmi] being banged up. Ian probably wouldn't be able to play if we needed him to play [due to a bruised rib]."
Bynum, who was traded from Cleveland to Chicago on Jan. 7, then cut the next day in a salary-saving move, signed with Indiana in early February. He's worked with trainers to strengthen his oft-injured knees.
This will be only the second game Mahinmi has missed all season. Point guard C.J. Watson is also out, missing his fourth straight game with a right elbow sprain.