Indiana is 5-14 SU on the road & has failed to cover in ANY of its 14 losses...
My free play is on the the Sac Kings at 10:35 ET.
Sacramento had hoped that a two-week homestand of seven games would help solidify the team as a playoff contender in the Western Conference with six games completed, the Kings have managed just ONE victory! That lone win came 100-94 over the Pistons, who squandered an 18-point third quarter lead. It's safe to say, things haven't gone as planned this homestand for the Kings. Tonight, it's a game against the 21-19 Indiana Pacers, then the Kings head out on the road for an EIGHT-game road trip over 12 days!
The Pacers begin a three-game Western Conference trip with this contest and have struggled to close games this season. Away from Indiana, the Pacers are just plain have trouble winning, sporting a 5-14 SU record, also going 5-14 ATS (more on that, later). The Pacers come in having won six of their past seven and can move three games above .500 for the first time with a victory, but FIVE of those seven games were played at Indiana. SF Paul George (22.0-6.1-3.3), center Turner (15.6 -7.7) and PG Jeff Teague (15.6-4.1-8.0) are the pacesetters for an Indiana offense that has shot at least 50 percent in five of its past six games.
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." However, the Kings are still just one game out of the West's final playoff spot. Also, Indiana's woes on the road are real, as the team has failed to cover in ANY of its 14 SU losses on the road this season! Kings head out on the road off a win.