The Pacers arrive in Sacramento riding a three-game losing streak while trying to find some player combinations that will work at both ends of the floor.
Defense has always been a crutch to lean on for the Pacers and it was improved in Portland on Thursday with a bigger lineup that had Rodney Stuckey at point guard and Solomon Hill at small forward. The same lineup tonight will make staying in front of former Pacer Darren Collison a challenge, but should also create a size mismatch at the other end.
On the second night of a back-to-back we will see just how buried Lavoy Allen is after the big man sat the two previous games despite producing nicely in a reserve role while David West and Roy Hibbert recovered from injuries. Speaking of Hibbert, he should be a major factor with DeMarcus Cousins missing in the middle for the Kings. Ryan Hollins doesn't present the physical presence Boogie Cousins does which should allow an aggressive Hibbert to set up shop as he wishes. That is if an aggressive Roy Hibbert shows up.
As for the Kings, They started the season 5-1 with an impressive list of W's but have since leveled off and are currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak while missing Cousins for the past three games. Rudy Gay will be priority number one for the Pacers D and he has to be excited to not have to face Paul George who has shut him down frequently over the past three years at his various stops in the league.
|2014-15 NBA Regular Season|
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|December 5, 2014 - 10:00 p.m. ET|
|Sleep Train Arena - Sacramento, CA|
|TV: Fox Sports Indiana ---- Radio: AM 1070/107.5 FM The Fan|
|Rodney Stuckey||PG||Darren Collison|
|Solomon Hill||SG||Ben McLemore|
|Chris Copeland||SF||Rudy Gay|
|David West||PF||Jason Thompson|
|Roy Hibbert||C||Ryan Hollins|