Game 46 Preview: Kings take on the Pacers
Game time: 4:00 p.m. PDT
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN.
Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)
Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (16-29)
PG: Darren Collison
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins
Indiana Pacers Probable Starters (17-31)
PG: C.J. Watson
SG: Rodney Stuckey
SF: Solomon Hill
PF: David West
C: Roy Hibbert
Three things to ponder
1. Face off at the four
When the Kings beat the Pacers in overtime on December 5, Sacramento’s power forwards outplayed Indiana’s. Aging studs David West and Luis Scola are two of the more competitive personalities in the NBA, so Jason Thompson and Carl Landry need to set the physical tone early and avoid cheap fouls.
2. Outside shooting
The Pacers allow the third-fewest points in the paint per game and surrender the second-fewest offensive rebounds, so the Kings have little choice but to take and make jumpers. In their December match, the Kings hit only 2-of-10 3-pointers and missed a midrange shot to win it in regulation.
3. Body language
Hustle has been missing often in Sacramento, and dives for loose balls have been as rare as Yeti sightings. If the Kings care about ending their eight-game losing streak, the least they can do is give their all, and keep their heads in the game.