10:00 pm
December 1

Pacers @ Kings

Who will WIN this matchup?

Indiana Pacers (13-9)

@ Sacramento Kings (10-11)


Current odds:

Indiana Pacers: (-130)

Sacramento Kings: (+110)


 The line for this game is Indiana by 2 points.

• The Sacramento Kings are beginning to fade after a hot start and dropped the first two of a three-game homestand to fall a game under .500. The Kings will try to avoid a winless homestand and get back to even when they host the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Sacramento, which embarks on a four-game road trip beginning Tuesday that includes a stop in Indiana, surrendered 133 points each to the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers in the first two games of the homestand to watch the overall slide reach three in a row.

•  The Pacers took the first two stops on their four-game west coast trip at Utah and Phoenix before dropping a 104-96 decision at the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. “Three and one (on a road trip) is really good, especially on the West Coast,” Indiana point guard Darren Collison told reporters. “It would be our fault if we lose our minds and don’t get the next game (at Sacramento). Let’s focus on the next game. We know we didn’t play our best basketball (at Los Angeles). Neither one of us shot the ball well. The NBA is about bouncing back. Let’s see what we do next game.”

•  Indiana power forward Domantas Sabonis is enjoying a solid road trip and collected 20 points and 15 rebounds in 29 minutes on Thursday to notch his fourth straight double-double and second consecutive game with at least 20 points and 15 boards. “He’s playing really good basketball,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan told reporters of Sabonis. “(We) tried to play him pretty much that whole second half. He’s doing some good things for us, but we need (it to be) collectively. As a unit, (we) need to be collective out there and play good basketball.” Sabonis leads the team in shooting percentage (65.2) and is averaging 15 points and 10.2 rebounds in just 24.8 minutes off the bench.

• Sacramento’s offense is led by Fox, but a host of young players are getting involved and are enjoying success along with the team. Shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, 26, scored a team-high 26 points in 35 minutes off the bench during Thursday’s 133-121 loss to the Clippers for his second straight 20-point outburst and third in 10 games this season. Rookie power forward Marvin Bagley III collected 18 points and 10 rebounds on Thursday for his third double-double in five games before leaving with back tightness.

• Kings PF Nemanja Bjelica went 8-of-9 from the floor in the last two games and is shooting 54.3 percent on the season.

• Pacers All-Star SG Victor Oladipo (knee) sat out the last six games and is questionable for Saturday.

• Indiana took the last four in the series and scored 106 points in each of its last two trips to Sacramento.

StreakSmarter Pick
Indiana Pacers