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McMillan on Oladipo's Recovery

November 30, 2018 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about Oladipo's recovery from a sore right knee. McMillan explained the thought process behind changing his status as he works his way back to health.

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McMillan on Oladipo's Recovery

November 30, 2018 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about Oladipo's recovery from a sore right knee. McMillan explained the thought process behind changing his status as he works his way back to health.
Nov 30, 2018  |  02:13

Pacers Prepping for Tough Kings Matchup

November 30, 2018 - Pacers players Cory Joseph and Doug McDermott reflected on Thursday's loss to the Lakers and looked ahead at the youthful Kings, who have been one of the better teams in the Western Conference this season.
Nov 30, 2018  |  01:23

Game Preview: Pacers at Kings

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10:00 PM ET at Golden 1 Center
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

Last Updated: Nov. 30 at 4:30 PM ET

Matchup

The Pacers (13-9) have a chance to come away with winning Western Conference road trip on Saturday night. Standing in their way is a Sacramento Kings (10-11) team that has been surprisingly competitive through the first quarter of the season.

After a dismal start that saw them fall into a 24-point hole, the Blue & Gold mounted a marvelous charge on Thursday night against LeBron and the Lakers, actually taking the lead midway through the third quarter. That lead was short-lived, however, as LeBron took over down the stretch to hand Indiana a 104-96 defeat.

The Pacers are now 2-1 on this trip and 3-3 in their past six games without All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, who remains out with a sore right knee. The team announced on Friday that Oladipo, who was previously considered day-to-day, is now out indefinitely.

Putting together a winning road trip out West is always a challenge, and to do it without their best player would be a huge testament to the Pacers' depth.

"3-1 is really good, especially on the West Coast," Pacers point guard Darren Collison said after Thursday's loss. "It would be our fault if we lose our minds and don't get the next game...The NBA is about bouncing back."

The Kings weren't thought to be a playoff contender in the West coming into the year, but they have exceeded expectations so far this season and are currently just a game out of a playoff spot. The biggest reason why has been the emergence of their starting backcourt.

Third-year shooting guard Buddy Hield and second-year point guard De'Aaron Fox are living up to the potential that made them both top-six picks in their respective drafts. Hield leads Sacramento at 18.4 points per game and is shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range. Fox has taken a significant leap in his sophomore season, increasing his scoring average from 11.6 to 17.4 points per game and his assists from 4.4 to 7.6 per contest.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Darren Collison, SG - Tyreke Evans, SF - Bojan Bogdanovic, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Kings: PG - De'Aaron Fox, SG - Buddy Hield, SF - Bogdan Bogdanovic, PF - Nemanja Bjelica, C - Nemanja Bjelica

Injury Report

Pacers: Victor Oladipo - out (sore right knee)

Kings: TBD

Last Meeting

March 29, 2018: Victor Oladipo rose to the occasion down the stretch, scoring 13 of Indiana's final 19 points to lift the Pacers to a 106-103 win in Sacramento.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Blue & Gold with 25 points, while Oladipo added 24 points, five rebounds, and two steals as Indiana reeled off its fourth straight win.

Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings with 21 points, while Hield added 20 points, seven rebounds, and four assists off the bench. Willie Cauley-Stein scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half while also adding seven rebounds and five assists.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers swept the season series with the Kings each of the past two years.
  • A win on Saturday would be Indiana's third straight in Sacramento, tying the longest road winning streak in the history of the series (the Pacers also won three straight games in Sacramento between 1992 and 1995).
  • Pacers guard Tyreke Evans and Darren Collison are both former Kings. Evans won the Rookie of the Year award in Sacramento, where he played from 2009-13 and again in 2017. Collison spent three seasons in Sacramento from 2014-17.
  • The Kings roster features former Indiana University stars Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams as well as Marion, Ind. native Zach Randolph.

Tickets

After a four-game road trip, the Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (studio host)


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