The Sacramento Kings (27-19) travel to face off against the Indiana Pacers (27-22) on Friday, February 2nd. This game will be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and televised on NBCS. Both the Kings and Pacers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 ET.
Kings vs Pacers
The Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Kings’ most recent game versus the Heat saw Keegan Murray lead the Kings with 33 points while shooting 12/18 from the field. Domantas Sabonis put up 19 points which was 2nd on the team, but it wasn’t enough as Sacramento ended up losing the game with a final score of 115-106.
Heading into today’s matchup against the Pacers, the Kings are looking to improve upon their 27-19 record, which puts them above .500. In their 46 games, the Kings are 18-13 against Western Conference opponents and 9-6 in non-conference games.
Presently, Sacramento boasts an ATS record of 24-22, which is above .500 against the spread. As the favorite this season, Sacramento is 17-18 vs. the spread while going 7-4 as the underdog.
The Pacers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Jalen Smith led Indiana with 20 points against the Knicks, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 45.2% in the game. Pascal Siakam finished 2nd on the team with 18 points, but Indiana ended the game with a 109-105 loss.
On the road this season, the Pacers are 11-13 and are 16-9 at home. Overall, the Pacers are 27-22 and are looking to snap their two game losing streak.
Against the spread, Indiana are currently above .500, at 27-20 ATS. When playing on the road, the Pacers hold an ATS record of 13-10 in contrast to a 14-10 record against the spread when playing at home.
Kings Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Kings’ offense is rated 9th in the league in scoring, averaging 118.1 points per contest.
Heading into their matchup with the Pacers, the Kings are 9th in the NBA in scoring at 118.1 points per game. However, Sacramento has been better at home, where they are averaging 121.3 points compared to 115.2 on the road.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Kings are 4th in the league in made threes per game at 14.9. Overall, they are 12th in three-point shooting percentage at 37%. In terms of pace, Sacramento is 9th in the NBA at 100.1 possessions per game.
So far, the Kings have outscored the league scoring average in 65.2% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, Sacramento is 12th in the NBA at 47%. When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Kings are 20th in attempts.
Pacers Offense Breakdown
The Pacers come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 124.4 points per game (1st).
This season, the Pacers are the top-ranked offense in the NBA, averaging 124.4 points per game. At home, they are scoring 126.8 points per game.
Indiana is the league-leader in field goal percentage at 50% and they are also 6th in three-point shooting at 38%. Overall, they are hitting 13.8 threes per game.
When it comes to pace, the Pacers are 3rd in the league at 101.8 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are the top team in the NBA at 30.9 per game.
Kings Team Defense
Defensively, the Kings come into today’s game ranked 20th in the NBA at 117.4 points per game allowed. However, they have shown signs of improvements lately, ranking 8th in the league over their last three games. Sacramento’s defense is currently forcing 12.7 turnovers per game, which is 13th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 27th in blocked shots, with an average of 4 rejections per game.
Pacers Team Defense
At this time, the Pacers’ defense is positioned 28th in the NBA, permitting 122.6 points per game. The Pacers defense is coming off a game in which they held the Knicks offense to just 45.2% shooting. Overall, they gave up 109 points to New York.
Key Players For The Kings And Pacers
In today’s game, we anticipate De’Aaron Fox leading the scoring for the Kings, contributing 26 points while shooting 9/20 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 27.2 points per game, in addition to 4.1 rebounds.
As for Indiana, Tyrese Haliburton is projected to be the primary scorer for the Pacers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 22, and adding 4 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 49.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 23 points per game.
Kings vs Pacers Trends
- Across the Kings last three road games, the team averaged 109 points per game while allowing 108. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-2, while going 2-1 straight-up.
- Across their ten previous home games, Indiana has an ATS mark of 6-3-1. Their straight up record in these matchups was 4-6 while averaging 116 points per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Pacers have a straight up record of 1-2. Their record vs the spread in these games was 2-1.
- Across their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Kings have an overall record of 3-0 while going 1-2 against the spread.
For a point-spread wager in this Kings vs. Pacers game, we suggest taking the Pacers at +3. Even though our predictions have the Kings winning 117-116, we see the Pacers as the better choice on the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 248 and our model has the Kings and Pacers finishing with a combined 233 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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