Friday, November 30 at 10:30 PM EST at the Sleep Train Arena

Game Preview: IND at SAC

by Scott Agness | Updated: November 29, 2012

Matchup

The Pacers will complete their season series with the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. Both teams will have two days of practice time to prepare for this matchup. It will be the final game of a three-game home stand for the Kings, who have yet to win away from home.

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Sacramento lost their first three games of the season, all on the road. They returned to Sacramento to win two in a row before losing their next five. It’s been a bumpy season so far for Keith Smart’s team, as they are continuing to find the team’s character without a lot of talent. They are tied with New Orleans for the worst record in the Western Conference.

Rebounding is always critical when going against the 6-foot-11 DeMarcus Cousins. He averages almost 10 a game and has grabbed double-digit numbers in games against the Pacers. Cousins leads the Kings in scoring (16.4) and rebounding (9.3). He’s also a big reason why the Kings are second in the league in points in the paint, averaging 47.4 per game.

The Kings are near the top of the NBA in fouls per game and their opponents are getting to the line almost 10 more times game. It’s imperative for the Pacers to be aggressive inside and sink their free throws. They’re shooting 71.9% from the line on the season.

The Pacers must be ready for a zone, which the Kings have been known to do this season. A zone has given the Pacers fits early on, especially in their road loss to Charlotte. On the other side, the Pacers defensive intensity and pressure has been solid. They’ve outrebounded 12 of 15 opponents and are the best in the NBA in rebounds (48.5) and blocks (7.4) per game.

Probable Starters

Pacers

  • C – Roy Hibbert
  • F – David West
  • F – Paul George
  • G – Lance Stephenson
  • G – George Hill

Kings

  • C – DeMarcus Cousins
  • F – Jason Thompson
  • F – John Salmons
  • G – Tyreke Evans
  • G – Aaron Brooks

Injury Update

Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)

Kings: Marcus Thornton (probable, right quad strain)

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers are 0-4 on the first night of a back-to-back. They play in Golden State Saturday.
  • In the Pacers' last 11 games, the opposition has shot 55-193 from 3-point range (.285).
  • The Pacers are 2-0 in extra time this season, including a double overtime win over the Kings in their first meeting.
  • The Pacers have won six of the last nine meetings, and three of five in Sacramento.
  • Sacramento’s arena was renamed Sleep Train Arena this season.

Last Meeting

The Pacers beat the Kings in their home-opener at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 106-98, but it took two overtime periods to do so. Down eight early on, the Pacers went on to have a big second quarter, outscoring the Kings 38-18. However, the Pacers were sloppy throughout the game, recording a season-high 24 turnovers.

The Pacers had the ball with the score tied at the end of regulation and the first overtime but failed to convert on their chances. In the second overtime, the Pacers outscored the Kings 10-2. David West and George Hill each scored 18 points while Paul George chipped in 16 and a career-high 17 rebounds.

Marcus Thornton went off for 26 points and hit a couple of critical 3-pointers to keep the Kings alive. DeMarcus Cousins registered his first double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

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TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Michael Grady (host)

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