Indiana Looks to Keep Good Standing in East with Win in Sacramento

Troy Haliburton

Thursday, March 29, 2018 2:40 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018 2:40 PM UTC

Indiana is gaining momentum before heading into a surprising playoff run, while Sacramento is just trying to figure out how to get all of their fans in their arena to play the game.

Indiana Pacers (43-32 ATS) at Sacramento Kings (35-37-3 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Indiana -7.5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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The Indiana Pacers have already punched their ticket to the playoffs and are really just trying to get the best possible seeding and avoid the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the Eastern Conference postseason. The Pacers are definitely one of the most surprising competitive team this season and a lot of the credit has to go to the improved play from Victor Oladipo.

The former Indiana Hoosier is having a career year, averaging 22 points per game, which is up from the 15 he averaged last season with Oklahoma City. Oladipo came to the Pacers in the trade for Paul George, in which the consensus was that the Pacers did not get proper value back for the former All-Star. Also in that trade was Domantas Sabonis, who is averaging 12 ppg after just 5.0 ppg last season.

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Doing work in Sacramento. pic.twitter.com/TRbSr6iCAj

— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 28, 2018
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One of the main reasons that Oladipo has seen his career take off is the fact that he transformed his body this offseason by losing a lot of weight. Oladipo’s new frame allows him to be quicker attacking the basket and is giving him more endurance to be able to take on a heavier workload.

In theory, the Sacramento Kings should have an advantage by playing at home, but that advantage has gone out of the window because of all the unrest surrounding protests outside of the Golden 1 Center for their last few home games. The Sacramento fans have not been able to get into the arena in a timely fashion for the past games, leaving the Kings playing in front of a virtually empty arena.

Put all of the unrest on top of the fact that the tanking Kings are one of the worst home teams in the entire NBA in terms of ATS record (17-21), and it becomes increasingly hard to see a scenario in which they will cover against an Indiana team that needs this game.

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