Indiana Pacers (7-8)
Sacramento Kings (4-10)
Previous Meeting: Indiana Pacers won 106-98
The Pacers look to continue their road swing with another win as they visit Sacramento. They look for a season sweep of the Kings as well for the first time since 2008-2009. This game looms as a must win after the poised fill win against the Lakers on a late Tuesday night. I don’t think the Pacers would want to follow up that good performance against a Kings team that is beatable. Granted, the last meeting lasted two overtimes and took a strong game from Marcus Thorton of the Kings to keep them in it. This time, Thorton might not even play as he is listed day to day with an injury. The Pacers need all their guys to keep performing at a higher level than before to get the road trip on a good note.
George Hill got the win with a floater in the lane against the Lakers, and had another double figures game with 19 points. He averaged right around 14 points for November and gets around 18 against Sacramento. It would be great to continue that scoring binge tonight.
David West is another guy to believe will come to play for the Pacers as he’s leading the team in scoring with 16 points. Another 18 point average against the Kings, so it would be great to get around there. Even better if he can dish out some assists like he did against the Lakers when he gave out 8 of them.
This is a winnable game for the Pacers even with their up and down season so far. They’ve looked much better on the offensive end with smoother passing and guys flowing better. It’s on the defensive end that they can make up for a lack of offense as they’ve really clamped down on teams. The Kings are averaging 95 points a game, and even hit 107 in three games before a big loss on Tuesday. It will take the defensive minded team of the Pacers that have held opponents to 90 points a game to get the win that should be happening tonight. 2-0 on a 4 game road trip sounds good.