Fast-Paced Kings To Race Past Tired Pacers Team At End Of Trip

Matthew Jordan

Friday, November 30, 2018 2:39 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 2:39 PM UTC

The Indiana Pacers close a four-game West Coast trip on Saturday in Sacramento and could be running on fumes. Bet confidently with tips from SBRpicks.com.

Indiana (13-9 SU, 11-11 ATS) at Sacramento (10-11 SU, 12-9 ATS)Saturday, 10 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: Kings ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Just one late-night betting option around the NBA on Saturday’s seven-game slate, and that’s Indiana concluding a four-game trip on the West Coast with its lone visit of the season to Sacramento.

The Kings have been a nice success story in the early going, with Dave Joerger mentioned as a possible Coach of the Year candidate. Sacramento has been a hoops wasteland for much of this decade but they are really fun to watch this season because they are playing at the second fastest-pace in the league at around 106 possessions per 48 minutes, behind only Atlanta.

What do the Kings and Hawks have in common? Both rebuilding teams with young, lighting fast point guards. For Sacramento, that’s De’Aaron Fox. The No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 draft from Kentucky has taken a monster jump in his second year and is among the league’s most improved players. If you have a roster full of athletic young guys, you might as well try and run the opponent out of the gym and wear it down by the fourth quarter.

Seems to be working as the Kings have yet to commit a clutch-time turnover this season and are 8-3 in games separated by 5 points or fewer with five minutes or fewer remaining. Thank you, FiveThirtyEight for those numbers.

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Pacers On 4-Game Run In Series

Sacramento is looking for its first-ever win in the newish Golden 1 Center against the Pacers, who have swept the season series the past two years. Indiana is looking to win three straight road games at Sac-Town for the first time since 1992-95, which would tie the longest streak in the history of the series.

We think that streak ends Saturday because the Pacers are likely to be without All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo for a seventh consecutive game due to a sore right knee. Indiana is 3-3 without him – the team’s record sans Oladipo last season was 0-7 – following a 104-96 loss at the Lakers on Thursday. Indiana couldn’t stop LeBron James, who scored 12 points in the final five minutes.

It’s not impossible Oladipo plays Saturday, but he has said he’s not doing so until 100 percent. Would make more sense to give it three more days and return at home Tuesday.

Perhaps the Kings are starting to be exposed as they lost a third in a row Thursday, 133-121, against the Clippers. All three losses have been to good teams (Warriors and Jazz also). Rooke Marvin Bagley had 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench but left with some back tightness and didn’t return. The way he reacted, seems unlikely he plays here.

  • Pacers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Kings are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.

This screams flat effort for Indiana as it’s the end of the trip and the team’s fourth game in six nights. Take the Kings for a Saturday NBA pick.

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