The Pacers return to the road on Wednesday night when they visit the Sacramento Kings for the first of three games in four days against Western Conference opponents. A win will give coach Nate McMillan his 500th NBA coaching win, allowing him to join Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle as active coaches with 500 dubs.
The game also marks the first time the Pacers will play in Sacramento's new Golden 1 Center. Considering the last two trips to Sac resulted in losses, a change of venue should help the Pacers, although their general level of play on the road must improve to secure a win against the Kings.
Last season, the Kings swept the season series and Boogie Cousins was a horrible host in Sac, throwing 48 points and 13 rebounds at the Pacers who played without Ian Mahinmi. The circumstance force rookie Myles Turner into heavy minutes and some hard lessons. It should be interesting to see how Turner plays one year later in a similar role.
The Pacers are still missing Rodney Stuckey while the Kings don't expect to have Omri Casspi and Ty Lawson available.
Pacers vs. Kings