Indiana Pacers vs Sacramento Kings betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Kings look to win a 3rd game in a row as they take on the Pacers for the 2nd time this regular season. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Getting back Tyrese Haliburton was a big boost for the Pacers, but they still ended up losing against the LA Lakers last night 112-111 after blowing a 14-point lead late. The NBA’s assist leader put up 26 points and dished out 12 assists, looking like he didn’t miss a beat in the one month he was absent due to a elbow injury.
Tonight he will be extra motivated to put on a show against the team that traded him away for Domantas Sabonis. The trade has worked out well for both teams, however Indiana is in a much tougher spot here as they’ve lost 4 games in a row. They’ve got just 1 win in 5 home games and are 1-11 SU in their last 12 played.
Sabonis has thrived since his arrival in Sacramento, his play is one of the main reasons why they are 3rd in the Western Conference, exceeding almost every single expectation they had before the season. The Kings also won the first meeting of the season vs Indiana by 23 points at the start of December, they put up 137 points in that game and outrebounded the Pacers by 11.
The question is can Sacramento repeat that performance tonight? They enter the game as 3 point favorites, for good reason as they’ve been the better team in head-to-head meetings with a 4-1 SU/ATS record in the last 5 games. One big obstacle they’ll be facing here will be the absence of De’Aaron Fox who is out of the line-up dealing with a personal matter.
In 3 games played without Fox, the Kings are just 1-2 SU so it could be a major problem not having him at the point guard position. Haliburton did just come back, but with the extra incentive of playing his former team, I think he leads the Pacers to a win here. Take the home team plus the extra points.
Indiana Pacers vs Sacramento Kings Predictions & Odds
We got to see 251 points in the first meeting this season, but I’m afraid that number is not going to be reached in tonight’s game. Without Fox the Kings are losing 24.3 points and 6.1 assists per game, that’s a lot to make up for a team that isn’t very deep at the point-guard position. Indiana, on the other hand, has improved their defense in the last 2 games allowing only 112 points vs Memphis and the Lakers.
With Haliburton back in the line-up we’ll see some improvements on that end, during his absence they’ve dropped all the way down to 27th in defensive efficiency. 6 of the last 10 meetings have gone under the total with an average of 214.3 points per game scored, I’m thinking tonight’s game will finish somewhere in the mid 220s. Back the under.