NBA Betting -- Pacers May Feast on Wounded Kings Friday Night



The Kings, bringing a 15-26 record into this game, have come home after playing six games on the road. But they are coming home wounded; they're going into this contest against the NBA's top team without their two best players. And so they are going to have to get some credible performances from people who might not otherwise be starters for this cellar-dweller.


Indiana sports a 33-8 mark, best in the East and best in the NBA (28-13 against the basketball pointspread), and that is no accident. The Pacers are on a mission, as basketball bettors have seen. They are doing it with an ensemble cast, including some genuine strength down low, and defense, as they are giving up only 89.2 points per game. They are also very angry, as they come off their worst defensive effort of the season.


In the NBA betting odds that have been posted on this game at BetAnySports, you can see that the Pacers are getting respect:


Indiana Pacers -11.5

Sacramento Kings  +11.5


Over 196.5 points -110

Under 196.5 points -110


The Pacers had been going very strong heading into a date at Phoenix on Wednesday night, winning their previous five games by a total of 101 points. However, things seemed to break down against the very capable Suns, who hit 54% of their shots from the field and took advantage of 21 Indiana turnovers. The result was a 124-100 defeat that should send this team growling into this game.


They will meet up with a Sacramento club that will be banged up at the very least. They will be without Rudy Gay, who scored 41 points against New Orleans on Tuesday night. He got hurt on Wednesday against Houston, injuring his Achilles tendon. As if that wasn't bad enough, the team's leading scorer, DeMarcus Cousins, who looks like he could be headed to the NBA All-Star game, went down with a left ankle sprain. Since they are absent, BetAnySports patrons must take note that Sacramento has to replace almost 43 points per game, and that might involve putting some players into the lineup become a defensive liability. The shooting ability of guard Jimmer Fredette, for example, has to be respected, but he does not play the kind of defense that the Kings can hide.


In their last three home games, Sacramento has shot a combined 50%, but NBA bettors have taken note that the Pacers are permitting just 41% shooting, so that disaster in Phoenix the other night can be looked upon as an aberration. For an angry team that is 23-10 as a favorite against the basketball odds, perhaps no pointspread is too high. 


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