Kings vs. Pacers Pick
Can the Sacramento Kings add to their road winning streak when they face the Indiana Pacers tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pacers are favored at home in this game, as they are getting odds of -4 points against the Kings. The over/under total is listed at 212 points. Sacramento has won four of the last five in this series, but Indiana won the first meeting this season 106-100 at Sacramento back on Jan. 18. The Kings have covered in three of the last four.
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The Kings come in having won back-to-back road games at Detroit and at Cleveland to move to 18-27 on the season. The Kings are also 23-21-1 against the spread, having covered in three straight – all on the road. Sacramento is averaging 102.8 points per game on offense, but allowing 105.6 on defense. However, their defensive number improves to 104.3 on the road. The team lost Rudy Gay for the season last week but has gone 2-2 since the injury. DeMarcus Cousins is leading the team with 28 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while Darren Collison is adding 12.6 points and 4.2 assists per contest.
The Pacers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 109-103 win at Minnesota on Thursday night. Indy is now 23-22 overall but just 19-26 against the spread. The Pacers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven and have failed to cover in their last two home games. Indiana is averaging 105.4 points per game on offense while giving up 106.7 on defense. At home, the Pacers are allowing just 102.3 points per game. Paul George is putting up 22.4 points and 6 rebounds per game to lead the team. Indy comes in with some depth issues as Rodney Stuckey is dealing with a hamstring injury and Kevin Seraphin is dealing with a knee issue. Both are listed as questionable. Stuckey has been out since mid-December with his injury but is nearing a return.
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The Kings are playing well and coming off a big win over the Cavs in Cleveland. I think they can build on that tonight, playing against an Indiana team that was in Minnesota last night. Quick turnarounds haven’t been good for the Pacers this season, as they are 1-7 against the spread on no rest. Look for Sacramento to take advantage of the weak legs and get the cover, if not the win straight up.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: SACRAMENTO KINGS +4