Sacramento Kings at Indiana Pacers Preview & Betting Odds 12/20/19
It’s the Sacramento Kings at Indiana Pacers in one of tonight’s NBA games. The Kings will be travelling to Indiana’s Bankers Life Fieldhouse stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Ranking third in the Pacific Division and holding a 12-15 record, the Sacramento Kings are hoping to shake off the injury bug. However, for a team on the road that’s been riddled with injuries, they’ve been doing fairly well with a 6-10 away record. But they unfortunately lost their most recent game against the Charlotte Hornets 110-102. This marks the end of their four-game winning streak and the 17th loss this season. Will they be able to break their historical three-in-a-row losses against the Indiana Pacers?
The Pacers are having a strong season this year, recording two high-profile victories against the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. Indiana broke the Lakers’ 14-game winning streak, beating them 105-102 on the road. Furthermore, the Indiana Pacers have a strong 18-9 record and are second in their Central Division. Will they extend their winning run to five games?
Sacramento Kings at Indiana Pacers Predictions
Before we make some predictions, let’s take a look at each team’s key stats.
Sacramento Kings Stats
- The Kings are coming into the game with a 12-15 record.
- The top performing player for Sacramento is Buddy Hield who averages 21.6 points per game. Additionally, he has an average of 2.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage and free throw percentage are 44% and 86% respectively.
- As a team, the Sacramento Kings score an average of 104.7 points per game, putting them 25th in the NBA.
- They have an average score margin of -2.3 along with a 45% shooting percentage.
- In terms of rebounds and assists, the Kings record 41.3 and 22.4 respectively. This ranks them 30th and 24th in those offensive categories.
- Their three-pointer performance is fairly good, making 36% of their shots from the arc.
- They make an average of 15.6 turnovers per game, which ranks 11th in the league.
- Defensively, Sacramento allows 107.0 points per game, putting them 9th in the NBA.
- Looking at their field goal percentage, they surrender a 75% shooting percentage and a 36% average from the three-point range. This ranks them 23rd and 15th
- Against the Sacramento Kings, opponents tend to average around 42.6 rebounds per game (rank 5th in the NBA) and get in 23.7 assists per contest (rank 12th in the league).
- Lastly, Sacramento ranks 21st in the league for forcing 15.7 turnovers per game.
Indiana Pacers Stats
- Indiana is coming into tonight’s game with an 18-9 record and are on a four-game winning streak.
- Malcom Brogdon is emerging as the Pacers’ top player. Overall, he averages 18.9 points per game. He brings in about 4.5 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game. Brogdon’s field goal percentage currently sits on 47% and his free throw percentage is at 93%.
- The Indiana Pacers rank 18th in the league for number of points scored per game which are at 109.1.
- In terms of shooting percentage and score margin, the Pacers average 47% and 4.93 per contest.
- They also score 36% of the time from beyond the arc.
- Lastly, they are 26th in the league for turnovers per game with 13.7.
- Defensively, Indiana tend to give up 104.2 points per game, ranking them 4th in the NBA.
- Furthermore, they surrender a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from the three-point line. They both rank 6th in the league in these categories.
- In terms of rebounds and assists their defense allows, they average 22.5 (rank 5th) and 44.3 (rank 9th) per game.
- Then, when it comes to forcing turnovers, the Indiana Pacers are 12th in the league with 14.8 per contest.
So, with these stats in mind let’s take a look at who we think will win the Sacramento Kings at Indiana Pacers game.
Moneyline: We’re going with the Indiana Pacers on this one. They have an incredibly great defense that could keep the Sacramento Kings from the net. Furthermore, the Kings just lost to the lowly Hornets, which proved the road struggles for Sacramento.
Our pick: Indiana Pacers