It is an exciting battle out west when the Indiana Pacers take on the Sacramento Kings on Monday. Both teams are coming off losses with Sacramento dropping their last two. The Kings have actually lost five of their last six games, including a 125-99 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. Indiana lost to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, 125-117.
Indiana enters as a four-point favorite in this game. The Pacers have won the last two games between these teams, including a 119-105 victory in December 2019. The Pacers are 6-4 in the last 10 meetings.
Deep Roster Leading Spurs
It was a career night for Mikal Bridges as he led the Phoenix Suns to a 125-117 victory over the Pacers on Saturday. Indiana held a two-point lead coming out of the first quarter, but the even-numbered quarters proved to be the team’s downfall, as Phoenix outscored Indiana in both quarters by five points.Domantas Sabonis knocked in 28 for Indiana and Malcolm Brogdon added 22. Sabonis was also a beast on the boards, grabbing 22 including 15 on the defensive end. Myles Turner had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pacers are sixth in the NBA in scoring at 115.0 ppg while allowing 109.9 per contest. They are shooting 48.9% from the field and 36.9% from three-point range. Indiana is fifth in the NBA in steals per game (5.0) and blocks per contest (5.7).
Brogdon is the team’s leading scorer at 23.4 ppg and also leads the team in assists at 7.2 per contest. However, it is Sabonis who is having the MVP season, averaging 21.6 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. Seven different Pacers are averaging at least 11.0 ppg.
The Pacers have six players out of this game, including T.J. Warren, who is averaging 15.5 points per game.
Trail Blazers Thrash Kings
The Portland Trail Blazers jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter then rolled over the Sacramento Kings, 125-99. Trailing early, the Kings tried to get back into the contest by drilling shots from three-point range but hit only 8 of 30 in losing for the fifth time in the last six games.
Sacramento was led by Marvin Bagley III who had 15 points and eight rebounds. Four starters had at least 10 points and two came off the bench to score 11, but it was clearly not enough to get back into this contest.
The Kings are averaging 112.4 ppg while allowing 121.0 per contest. They are shooting 45.8% from the field and 35.2% from beyond the arc. The team is third in free-throws per game at 20.4, hitting on 71.6% of their attempts.
The Kings have six players averaging better than 12.0 ppg, but no one has been dominant. De’Aaron Fox leads in scoring at 18.0 ppg with Harrison Barnes close behind at 16.7 per contest. The leading rebounder is Bagley at 8.1 per game. He is averaging 12.7 points per contest.