Tyrese Haliburton
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Game Preview: Pacers at Kings

Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10:00 PM ET at Golden 1 Center

Game Preview

Coming off their most thrilling finish of the season – a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer by rookie Andrew Nembhard against the Los Angeles Lakers  –  the Indiana Pacers look to continue their forward momentum in game three of a seven-game road trip on Wednesday in Sacramento.

The Pacers (12-8) and Sacramento Kings (10-9), two teams that made headlines last February with a six-player trade, will square off tomorrow night at Golden 1 Center.

On Feb. 9, 2022, the Pacers traded two-time NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb and a 2023 second-round pick in exchange for the Kings' Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson.

In the first full season since the deal, both teams have played well.

This season, Haliburton has been among the top point guards in the NBA. He leads the Pacers in scoring by averaging 19.9 points per game and also leads the NBA in assists at 11.3 per game as well as double-doubles (14), including six straight.

Hield has also played a key role in the Pacers' success this season, averaging 17.2  points, to go along with 4.7  rebounds and 2.7 assists. He is currently tied for third-most 3-point makes this season in the NBA with 71.

For the Kings, Sabonis, who played five seasons in Indiana, is averaging 16.9 points, 11.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists

Both the Pacers and Kings have won seven of their last 10 games.

This season, the Kings have a new head coach in Mike Brown, the 2009 NBA Coach of the Year.

The Pacers are coming off a 116-115 victory at the Lakers on Monday while the Kings lost to the Phoenix Suns 122-117 that same night.

In the fourth quarter against the Lakers, the Pacers trailed by as many as 17 points before making the comeback. On the final play of the game, during a chaotic sequence, Haliburton rifled a pass to Nembhard who hit a 3-pointer on the left wing as time expired.

Six players scored in double figures for the Pacers against the Lakers, led by 24 points, seven rebounds and 14 assists by Haliburton and 23 points and eight rebounds by rookie Bennedict Mathurin. Pacers center Myles Turner achieved his seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

In Sacramento’s loss to Phoenix, the Kings and Suns tied 16 times and had eight lead changes in the first half before the Suns opened the second half on a 14-2 run to build a buffer.

Devin Booker scored 44 points in the Suns win while Malik Monk came off the bench and scored 30 for the Kings.

On the season stat sheet, the Pacers and Kings rank similarly in multiple categories.

The Kings are second in points per game, averaging 121.3, and fourth in assists at 27.9. Comparatively, the Pacers are seventh in points per game with 115.7 and third in assists with 28.1 per game.

Both teams rank among the top in scoring fast break points, with the Pacers putting up 19 per game (second) and Kings averaging 15.6 per game (fifth).

The Pacers and Kings are also among the best in bench scoring, with the Pacers scoring 43.0 (first) and the Kings scoring 41.9 points (third) per game.

For the Pacers, after Haliburton, Mathruin (19.1 points per game), Turner (18.0), Hield (17.2) and Jalen Smith (10.9) are all averaging double-figure point totals. Turner also leads the league in blocks per game at 2.8.

When the Pacers have six or more players scoring in double digits in a game, the team is 9-0.

For the Kings, speedy point guard De’Aaron Fox leads his team in scoring at 24.4  per game. Newly-acquired guards Kevin Huerter (15.9) and Monk (13.4) and rookie Keegan Murray (10.4) have fit right in on the Kings’ offense while veteran forward Harrison Barnes (13.1) has also averaged double figures in scoring.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G - Tyrese Haliburton, G - Buddy Hield, F - Aaron Nesmith, F - Jalen Smith, C - Myles Turner

Kings: G - De’Aaron Fox, G - Kevin Huerter, F - Harrison Barnes, F - Keegan Murray, C - Domantas Sabonis

Injury Report

Pacers: Chris Duarte - out (left ankle sprain), Daniel Theis - out (right knee surgery)

Kings: Trey Lyles - doubtful (non-COVID illness), Chima Moneke - out (G League assignment)

Last Meeting

March 23, 2022: A last-second tip-in by Damian Jones lifted the Sacramento Kings over the Indiana Pacers 110-109 at Gainbridge FIeldhouse.

The Pacers trailed 66-61 at halftime before outscoring the Kings 28-19 in the third quarter to go up 89-85 going into the final frame.

In the fourth quarter, the Pacers led 109-106 before Davion Mitchell hit a 15-foot jumper to make it a one-point game with 18.7 seconds left. Following a missed 3-pointer by the Kings' Trey Lyles as the clock expired, Jones got the game-winner.

In Haliburton and Hield’s first game against their former team, Hield led the Pacers with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting while Haliburton collected 13 points and 15 assists.

Mitchell scored 25 points to lead Sacramento and Chimezie Metu scored a career-high 22 for the Kings.

  • Haliburton has not committed a turnover over his last three games while collecting  40 assists over that span. He is the only player since the ABA/NBA merger to have 10 or more assists and zero turnovers in three consecutive games.
  • Haliburton recorded his sixth straight game with 10 or more assists on Monday, tying Don Buse for the longest streak with double-digit assists in franchise history.
  • Mathurin has scored at least 20 points in four of the last five games and has 10 double-digit point totals in his first 20 career games.
  • Brown was associate head coach under Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle from 2003-2005,  helping the team to back-to-back playoff runs including an Eastern Conference Finals appearance in 2004.
  • Sabonis has played two games against the Pacers in his career, both with the Oklahoma City Thunder during his rookie season (2016-2017). Last year, after being traded from the Pacers to the Kings, he did not travel for the game in Indianapolis due to a knee injury.
  • This is the third game on the Pacers’ seven-game road trip, the longest span of away games for the franchise since 1986.
Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)


After a seven-game road trip, the Pacers will return to Indiana to host Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets >>