Kings vs. Pacers prediction and odds for Friday, February 3 (Value on Indiana)

Tyrese Haliburto Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Tyrese Haliburto Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Indiana Pacers blew a double-digit lead on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Lakers in Tyrese Haliburton’s return to the lineup from an elbow injury.

It’s a frustrating loss for Pacers fans, but the team did cover the one-point spread thanks to two missed free throws by Patrick Beverley with less than 10 seconds to play.

Indiana has a quick turnaround on Friday, hosting the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento is one of the best teams in the Western Conference this season, holding onto the No. 3 seed and ranking sixth in the NBA in net rating.

The Kings won’t have guard De’Aaron Fox on Friday night, who was an All-Star snub, as he is out for personal reasons.

Bettors will want to monitor Indiana’s injury report on the second night of a back-to-back. It’s possible the team could sit a player or two, including Haliburton since he’s just returning from injury. If not, this could be a value line for the Pacers.

Let’s dive into the latest odds:

Kings vs. Pacers odds, spread and total

Kings vs. Pacers prediction and pick

This is the 11th time this season that the Pacers are playing the second night of a back-to-back, and they’ve gone 5-5 against the spread in those contests.

While the Kings are elite as road favorites this season (7-2 ATS), the team is just 1-2 when Fox sits, losing to the New York Knicks and Miami Heat and beating the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As long as everyone suits up for Indiana (the team’s injury report is unclear as of this writing), I think the Pacers can at least cover in Domantas Sabonis’ return to Indiana.

So far this season, the Pacers are 12-6 against the spread as home underdogs, and they’ve actually gone 9-9 straight up in those contests.

It’s hard to look at Indiana’s recent form since Haliburton has been out, but the team is 22-19 when he plays and just 2-10 when he sits.

This is a little revenge game for Hali and Sabonis, but I think the Pacers at least keep this one close.

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