NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Indiana 30 34 29 29 122
Sacramento 30 35 32 30 127
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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CT1:00 , January 11, 2021
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

Pacers' Domantas Sabonis hopes to double down at Sacramento

According to STATS
According to STATS

Indiana Pacers at Sacramento Kings

  1. Sacramento won its last home game against Indiana, a 111-110 win on December 1, 2018. However, the Pacers have won the other six of the last seven meetings between these teams, including a 119-105 home win in the only meeting last season (December 20, 2019).
  2. The Pacers fell to the Suns, 125-117, at home on Saturday. Indiana is 2-0 on the road this season. The Lakers are the only other team still undefeated on the road in 2020-21 (5-0) and the Pacers' two road games played this season are the fewest in the NBA.
  3. The Kings had two 20-point losses this past weekend, 144-123 against the Raptors on Friday and 125-99 versus the Trail Blazers on Saturday. Sacramento has been outscored by 74 points over its last four games (1-3 record), its worst point differential in a four-game span since October 2019 (-78).
  4. Domantas Sabonis had 28 points and 22 rebounds in the loss to Phoenix, the first Pacer to record 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Troy Murphy in December 2008. Sabonis has had a double-double in all nine games this season, the third-longest active streak in the NBA (Andre Drummond, Cle and Nikola Jokic, Den -- 10 straight).
  5. Marvin Bagley III led the Kings with 15 points in the loss to Portland. It was the first time Bagley has led Sacramento in scoring since April 10, 2019 (also against Portland). Bagley has scored at least 15 points in his last three games, his longest such streak since a three-game streak from March 30 to April 4, 2019.
  6. The Pacers lead the NBA this season with 55.3 points in the paint per game. The Kings are second in the league in points in the paint per game at 53.2.

Domantas Sabonis is coming off the first 20-point, 20-rebound outing of his career, and his reward is playing his next game against a team struggling on defense.

The All-Star big man will look to make it 10 double-doubles in 10 games on Monday, when the Indiana Pacers open a five-game road trip with a contest against the Sacramento Kings.

Sabonis scored 28 points and matched his career high of 22 rebounds in Saturday's 125-117 home win over the Phoenix Suns.

He had just four points in the first half before exploding for 20 third-quarter points en route to his second-highest scoring effort of the campaign.

"Just trying to be aggressive, getting some offensive rebounds, putbacks," Sabonis said of his third-quarter splurge. "Guards were doing a great job of attacking the bigs. Any miss, I tried to clean it up. I didn't have a great shooting night, so just trying to clean it up and set great screens for my teammates."

Sabonis made half his field-goal attempts (12 of 24), which lowered his season's shooting percentage to 56.3 percent. But he is playing like a guy intent on making his second straight All-Star team, as he is averaging 21.6 points, a team-best 12.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists.

Sabonis and the Pacers will be looking to take advantage of a Sacramento squad that is allowing an average of 132.5 points over the past four games. The Kings lost three of the games with an average margin of defeat of 26 points.

The stretch started with a 137-106 road loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday before Sacramento was able to outscore the visiting Chicago Bulls 128-124 on Wednesday.

But things deteriorated with Friday's 144-123 home loss to the Toronto Raptors, and the team was routed again Saturday when the visiting Portland Trail Blazers registered a 125-99 victory.

"Teams have been shooting the lights out against us for sure," Kings coach Luke Walton said of his club, which allows 121 points per game. "Some of that has to do with some natural letdown, some of it has to do with us needing to improve on that end of the court."

Rookie Tyrese Haliburton made his first career start against Portland with Richaun Holmes (ankle) sidelined. Haliburton wasn't much interested in a reporter's question asking if there had been any improvement in the defense from the previous night.

"Did you see improvements?" Haliburton asked. "It was a poor performance by us. You can't continue to give up that many points consistently and expect to win. It is frustrating. We have to figure it out. Nobody is coming to save us."

Haliburton, the 12th overall pick in the 2020 draft, has been a bright spot for the Kings with averages of 12.1 points and a team-leading 5.5 assists. He contributed 12 points and eight assists in 31 minutes against the Trail Blazers and has scored in double digits in six consecutive games.

De'Aaron Fox leads Sacramento in scoring (18.0) and is second in assists (5.0) but hasn't been able to prevent his club from losing five of its past six games.

Holmes is questionable to face the Pacers.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 10, 2021

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