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[January 18, 2017]
The Sacramento Kings are failing
to take care of business on a seven-game homestand and look to end
it with a victory when they host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
The Kings are just 1-5 entering the finale of the long home set and
then embark on an eight-game road trip that may decide whether or
not they remain in range of a Western Conference playoff spot.
Defense has been a problem for Sacramento, which allowed at least
106 points in each loss during the homestand and 120 or more in the
last two. The Kings also committed 43 turnovers in their last two
defeats -- 21 against Cleveland on Friday and 22 versus Oklahoma
City on Sunday -- to further diminish their chances of securing a
victory. Indiana is trending upward with six wins in the past seven
games after posting a 98-95 home win over the New Orleans Pelicans
on Monday. The Pacers are beginning a stretch in which three
straight and four of five games are on the road.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FSN Indiana, CSN California (Sacramento)
ABOUT THE PACERS (21-19): Point guard Jeff Teague hasn't recorded a
triple-double during his NBA career and fell two rebounds shy while
contributing 16 points and 10 assists in the win over New Orleans.
Teague is averaging 16.5 points and 9.8 assists this month and was
able to poke fun at himself for continuing to come up short in the
pursuit of a triple-double. "I'm happy I'm getting some rebounds,"
Teague said after the win over the Pelicans. "I was one of the worst
rebounders last year, so to actually get some rebounds this year is
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ABOUT THE KINGS (16-24): The poor homestand has been disappointing
to both players and coaches, and the repeated miscues and breakdowns
have been alarming. "We're not a good team right now -- plain and
simple," small forward Matt Barnes told reporters. "We have what it
takes but we're undisciplined. We're not consistent and we lose our
focus too much." Star center DeMarcus Cousins posted 31 points, 11
rebounds and seven assists in the loss to the Thunder but also
committed six turnovers for the second consecutive game.
1. The Kings won the past four meetings.
2. Sacramento PG Ty Lawson (ankle) hopes to be available after
leaving Sunday's game.
3. Indiana F Thaddeus Young recorded a season-best six steals in two
of the past three contests.
PREDICTION: Kings 108, Pacers 105
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