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Oladipo remains out as Pacers face Kings
Indiana Pacers at Sacramento Kings
- It's possible Pacers leading scorer Victor Oladipo returns after missing six games with a sore knee. Since acquiring him prior to last season, Indiana is 3-10 without Oladipo -- all three wins have come this month -- and 25 games above .500 when he plays (58-33).
- Indiana, wrapping up a four-game trip, is 7-5 on the road and joins league-best Toronto (9-2) as the only Eastern Conference teams with above-.500 road records. The Pacers average 3.1 more points on the road than at home -- the fourth-highest difference in the NBA.
- Sacramento averages 9.3 fewer points at home than on the road, easily the largest difference in the NBA. The Kings have given up 133 points in each of their last two home games (both losses), a 266-point total which is the most they've allowed in back-to-back home games since January 2009 (268).
- Domantas Sabonis has recorded four straight double-doubles, averaging 18.3 points and 14.3 rebounds. The third-year forward has 10 double-doubles this season after having only 17 in his first 155 games.
- Though not related, Sacramento's Bogdan Bogdanovic and Indiana's Bojan Bogdanovic are becoming two of the NBA's more prolific three-point shooters. Bogdan has hit multiple 3s in eight straight games, the fifth-longest active streak in the NBA, and Bojan's 17 games this season with at least two 3s are tied for sixth-most in the league.
- The Pacers have swept the last two season series between these teams after the Kings swept the previous two. With a victory tonight, Indiana would match its longest-ever winning streak in Sacramento -- three games from 1992-95.
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SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings will see the Indiana Pacers without star Victor Oladipo for what could be the first of two times in the next eight days when the clubs clash Saturday night.
Oladipo has missed the last six games with a strained right knee, prompting the Pacers to release a statement Thursday that he will continue to be out "indefinitely."
The Kings visit Indiana in a rematch next Saturday.
Oladipo had 24 points when the Pacers completed a two-game sweep of the Kings in last year's season series with a 106-103 win at Sacramento in March.
The Pacers have gone 3-3 without him in this stretch, including a 104-96 loss in Los Angeles against the Lakers on Thursday night.
They still have a chance to complete a 3-1 trip with a win at Sacramento, and that needs to be the team's focus, guard Darren Collison told reporters after Thursday's loss.
"It will be our fault if we lose our minds and we don't get the next game," he insisted. "The NBA is about bouncing back. Let's see what we do next game."
The Pacers have beaten the Kings four straight, which belies the general competitiveness of the series in recent years.
Nine of the 13 meetings since 2012 have been decided by eight or fewer points, including six of the last seven in Sacramento. Four of the 13 games have gone to overtime.
The Kings will have to shore up their defense if they want that competitive run to continue. They're coming off 21- and 12-point home losses to Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers, respectively, giving up 133 points in each game.
"It's been defense. That's the end of the court that we have to be able to get better at," star point guard De'Aaron Fox cited after Thursday's loss. "If we do, I think it will be a surge in the team. When our defense is up, our offense picks up even more."
Indiana has turned up its defense in the absence of Oladipo, allowing an average of just 96.0 points in the first three games of its trip. The Pacers limited Utah to 42.0 percent shooting and Phoenix to 44.6 in its two wins, with those two opponents combining to make just 18 of their 61 3-pointers (29.5 percent).
Meanwhile, nine different guys have scored in double figures on the trip, with reserve Doug McDermott, who had scored 10 or more just six times in his first 19 games as a Pacer, going for 21, 21 and 10.
McDermott has shot 18-for-30 (60 percent) overall in the three games and 9-for-13 (69 percent) on 3-pointers.
The Kings, meanwhile, have allowed their last two opponents -- the Jazz and Clippers -- to shoot 53.3 and 55.6 percent, respectively, and connect on 22-for-58 (37.9 percent) on threes.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, who missed the first 10 games of the season following knee surgery, has heated up of late for the Kings, going for 20 and 26 points in the first two losses of the homestand.
Updated December 1, 2018