This game sets up as another ‘beware of human nature’ situation for the Pacers, very similar to their game at home against the Hawks in late November. The Pacers were also riding a four-game winning streak prior to that game with Philly looming next on the schedule.
This time they don’t have the Sixers next, but instead a back-to-back against the Bucks and Raptors. The Pacers barely avoided a loss to the Hawks rallying from behind after falling behind by 18 points in the second quarter to win in OT.
More importantly, the Kings are a tougher matchup than they may appear on paper because of their sub-.500 record. Like the Pacers who started 0-3, the Kings also had a bit of a preseason trip to India hangover, losing their first five games. Since then they have dealt with a variety of injuries but are 12-10 and relatively healthy with the recent return of De’Aaron Fox. Plus, as we all learned in those preseason games in India, the Kings have plenty of shooters who can get buckets from all over the court.
The Pacers had a two days off at home and a chance to practice on Thursday so effort should not be an issue.
Also, the Kings have plenty of Indiana connections with Cory Joseph making his return after two fantastic season as a reserve guard for the Pacers made him two pricey to keep. Also, local legends, Yogi Ferrell, Caleb Swanigan and Kyle Guy are developing their hoop dreams with the Kings. Yogi sees reserve minutes off the bench most nights while Swanigan and Guy are back and forth between the team and G-League. Both are in Vegas now for the G-League showcase. Guy is among the G-League leaders in scoring at over 23 points per game.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Kings: Cory Joseph, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Nemanja Bjelica, Richaun Holmes
IND: Victor Oladipo (knee) - out, Jeremy Lamb (groin) - questionable, T.J. Warren (illness) - questionable, Naz Mitrou-Long (ankle) - out
SAC: Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) - questionable
Enemy view: Sactown Royalty
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