NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 19th (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (16-22) at Indiana Pacers (18-22), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings conclude a three-game road trip when they visit the Indiana Pacers tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse.
This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On January 12th, Mike Dunleavy scored 23 points and was one of seven Pacers players in double figures as Indiana outlasted Sacramento, 111-105, at ARCO Arena.
The Pacers have won three of the last five contests in the series. Sacramento has won four of its last five at Indiana.
Sacramento is fresh off a big victory. Kevin Martin came off the bench to score a team-high 24 points as the Kings held off the Detroit Pistons, 100-93, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Ron Artest had 18 points in his second game since returning from an elbow injury, while Brad Miller scored 17, grabbed nine rebounds and provided a critical assist in the final minute as the Kings stopped a three-game skid on the road.
The Kings return home to host Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday at ARCO Arena. Sacramento is 5-13 on the road this season.
Indiana wraps up a two-game homestand. On Wednesday, Danny Granger scored 29 points and pulled down nine rebounds to help the Pacers recover from a 17- point second- half deficit to knock off the Golden State Warriors, 125-117, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Mike Dunleavy scored 24 and grabbed nine rebounds, while Kareem Rush scored 19 points - 14 in the final quarter - in the back end of a home-and-home for the Pacers, who avenged a 106-101 loss to the Warriors in Oakland last Sunday.
The Pacers are 9-9 at home this season. After tonight's game they will embark on a four-game road trip. Indiana will visit Philadelphia, Chicago, Milwaukee and Miami on the upcoming swing.
On the injury front for Indiana, forward Jermaine O'Neal (sore left knee) and point guard Jamaal Tinsley (sore left knee) are both questionable. Tinsley did not play in the win over Golden State.
01/19 10:38:58 ET