Sacramento Kings vs. Indiana Pacers - 12/20/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Friday, December 20, 2019
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana -4.5
Harrison Barnes and the Sacramento Kings (12-14, 3rd in the Pacific Division) go to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday where they'll take on the Indiana Pacers (18-9, 2nd in the Central Division). Indiana opens this matchup as 4.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 218.
The Kings are covering 59.3% of the time, having gone 16-11-0 ATS. Indiana is covering 59.3% of the time, going 16-11-1 against the spread.
Key Sacramento Kings Injuries
12/18/2019 DaQuan Jeffries SG Undisclosed Game Time Decision
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
12/18/2019 Naz Mitrou-Long SG Ankle Game Time Decision
12/18/2019 Victor Oladipo SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Jan 8
12/18/2019 Jeremy Lamb SG Groin Game Time Decision
Harrison Barnes comes into this game averaging 15.9 points per contest while playing 35.5 minutes per night this year. He grabs 5.2 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.3 assists per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 80%. Buddy Hield averages 21.6 points per contest in 34.2 minutes per game. He averages 2.9 assists per game and 5.0 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 44% for the season while his free throw percentage is 86%.
Domantas Sabonis scores 18.0 points per contest while playing 34.3 minutes per game. He hauls in 13.3 rebounds per contest and has 3.8 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is at 77%. Malcolm Brogdon averages 18.9 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 31.5 minutes per game. He also brings in 4.5 rebounds per game and has 7.6 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 93%.
Useful Team Statistics
Sacramento averages 104.7 points per contest, which is 25th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 16th. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 13th in the NBA. They average 41.3 boards per contest and 22.4 assists per game, which ranks them 30th and 24th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 11th with 15.6 per game. The Kings allow 107.0 points per contest, which is 9th in the NBA. They also surrender a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 23rd and 15th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 42.6 rebounds a game which ranks 5th, and they allow 23.7 assists per game which puts them in 12th place in the league. They force 15.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Indiana is 18th in the NBA with 109.1 points per contest this season. They are 5th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 4.93. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 7th in the league. They are 19th in the NBA in rebounding with 44.5 boards per contest and 11th in assists per game with 24.8. The Pacers are 26th in turnovers per contest with 13.7. The Pacers give up 104.2 points per game, which ranks them 4th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 6th and 6th in those defensive statistics. They rank 5th with 22.5 dimes allowed per game and 9th with 44.3 boards surrendered per contest. The Pacers are 12th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.8 per contest this year.
The Kings are 21st in the NBA in offensive rating with 107.3, and their defensive rating of 109.7 is ranked 17th. In terms of pace they are 30th in the league with 96.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 14th. As a team they are 17th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 9th in the league. Sacramento is 7th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 8th in the league.
Indiana is 23rd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 26th in the NBA. The Pacers are 13th in the league in defensive rating with 104.3, and their offensive rating of 109.2 is ranked 7th. They are 21st in the NBA in pace with 99.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 13th. As a unit they are 15th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 30% of their shot attempts, ranking 29th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Kings/Pacers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Indiana -4.5
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