NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 8th (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (17-13) at Sacramento Kings (13-18), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers play the third contest of a four-game road trip when they visit the Sacramento Kings tonight at ARCO Arena.
Indiana is 1-1 on its current road swing. On Thursday, Stephen Jackson hit a clutch basket with just over a minute remaining on his way to a 27-point effort, as the Pacers held off the Golden State Warriors, 99-89, at The Arena in Oakland.
Austin Croshere added 17 points and nine rebounds in the win over Golden State for the Pacers, who have won two of their last three contests after a four- game losing streak. Danny Granger had 13 points for Indiana, which played its third straight game without All-Star forward Jermaine O'Neal.
O'Neal (pneumonia), Scot Pollard (flu) and guard Jamaal Tinsley (biceps) are all questionable for tonight's game for Indiand. O'Neal, who last played on December 30th aganst Toronto, leads the Pacers in scoring (22.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.0 rpg).
The Pacers are 7-9 as the visitor this season. They will visit the Lakers on Monday in the finale of the current road trip.
Sacramento plays the second of a brief two-game homestand. Mike Bibby poured in a game-high 32 points and added eight assists to lead the Kings past the Los Angeles Clippers, 118-114, on Friday in a shootout at ARCO Arena.
Brad Miller contributed 26 points, while Peja Stojakovic netted 19 to go along with 13 rebounds in the win over the Clippers for the Kings, who have won three of their last four games overall. Kevin Martin finished with 17 points in the victory.
The Kings are 9-10 at home this season.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Pacers are scheduled to host Sacramento on March 17th at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Kings have won six straight after losing the last five meetings in this series. Indiana has lost three straight after winning its last two at Sacramento.
01/08 10:15:43 ET