NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 3rd (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (26-36) at Sacramento Kings (13-48), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers hope to gain some ground in their attempt to garner the Eastern Conference's last playoff spot when they visit the NBA's worst team, the Sacramento Kings, at ARCO Arena.
The Pacers, who are three games behind Milwaukee for the eighth spot in the East, are coming off a big win in Indianapolis on Sunday when Jarrett Jack compiled game-highs of 28 points and eight assists to lead Indiana past the Northwest Division-leading Denver Nuggets, 100-94, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Troy Murphy logged 22 points, 18 rebounds and hit 4-of-7 from three-point range for Indiana, which has now alternated wins and losses over the past five games. Marquis Daniels kicked in 19 points and Roy Hibbert 10 in the win.
The Kings, meanwhile, continue to pile up the losses. Most recently, Utah's Ronnie Brewer and Mehmet Okur scored 26 points apiece as the Jazz used a strong fourth quarter to upend Sacramento, 102-89, at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday.
The Kings, who are an NBA worst 13-48, were paced by Kevin Martin, who poured in 19 points.
Bobby Jackson ended with 14 points, while Francisco Garcia finished with 13 points for the Kings, who have lost four of their past five outings. Rashad McCants added 17 points off the bench in defeat.
A day later, Sacramento bought out forward Drew Gooden, giving the veteran a chance to join a contender for the stretch run.
The Pacers topped Sacramento earlier this season in Indianapolis, 122-117. Indiana is a much different team on the road however. The Pacers have compiled a solid 19-11 record at Conseco Fieldhouse but are a miserable 7-25 as the visitor.
The Kings had dropped four straight at home before downing the Los Angeles Clippers last Friday, and are just 9-20 at ARCO Arena.
03/03 10:37:18 ET