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2021-01-12
Indiana Pacers
Sacramento Kings
League : NBA

Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers Prediction & Preview


 

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The Indiana Pacers will travel to the Golden 1 Center on Monday night to take on the Sacramento Kings. The Pacers are 6-3 and are coming off a 125-117 loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Kings are 4-6 and are riding a two-game losing streak into this matchup as they previously lost 125-99 to the Portland Trail Blazers. These teams faced off one time last season and the Indiana Pacers picked up a 119-105 win.

These teams have a lot of young, promising players so it’ll be interesting how this game ends up. Let’s dive deeper into Indiana and Sacramento to figure out where we should be the most comfortable placing our wagers in this game.

 

Brogdon Keep Bragging

Point guard Malcolm Brogdon has been one of the better young players in the league. He is averaging 23.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 1.8 steals in 37.4 minutes on the court. He needs to improve his shooting numbers as he is 49.7 percent from the floor, 47.5 percent from the three-point line, and 89.3 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Suns, Brogdon played 39 minutes and finished with 22 points, six rebounds, nine assists, and two turnovers. Brogdon needs to repeat this performance if they want to win on the road.

 

The Sacramento Kings have a terrible defense in the league at this point as they are giving up 121 points per game, which ranks 28th in the NBA. In their last game against the Portland Trail Blazers, they allowed 125 points on 44-of-100 (44 percent) from the floor, 17-of-41 (41.5 percent) from beyond the arc, and shot 23 free-throws. If the Kings can lower the field goal percentage and not give them free points at the line, that will definitely help their defensive numbers.

 

Swipa the Fox

Point guard De’Aaron Fox has been one of the best young players in the league. He is averaging 18 points, 2.5 rebounds, five assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 29.3 minutes on the court. He needs to improve his shooting numbers as he is 45.1 percent from the floor, 28.1 percent from the three-point line, and 70.5 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Trail Blazers, Fox played 25 minutes and finished with 10 points, two rebounds, two assists, and three turnovers. Fox needs to play better than he did if they want to pick up a victory already.

 

 

The Indiana Pacers have an average defense in the league at this point as they are giving up 109.9 points per game, which ranks 13th in the NBA. In their last game against the Phoenix Suns, they allowed 125 points on 46-of-94 (48.9 percent) from the floor, 16-of-41 (39 percent) from beyond the arc, and shot 17 free-throws. If the Pacers can lower the field goal percentage and not give them free points at the line, that will definitely help their defensive numbers.



 



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