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Kings vs. Pacers Preview: ON YOUR FRONT LAWN

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Home, home in Sactown
where more shots had best go down.
This team makes me frown.

Indiana Pacers at Sacramento Kings
7 p.m. Pacific on Comcast SportsNet California

The Kings return home after desperate for success after a 1-4 road trip that felt like 1-40. Sacramento's offense is in shambles and its defense isn't much better. Effort hasn't been a real problem, but execution is off-the-charts bad.

The Pacers come in one of the East's very best teams against a relatively soft early schedule. The good news is that they are not as good as it would appear on first glance at the standings because this team has largely been beating up bad teams. The bad news is that the Kings are a bad team, so it doesn't terribly matter that the Pacers have been beating bad teams.

The Pacers have weapons all over the place, from Danny Granger to David West to Roy Hibbert to Darren Collison to Paul George. Don't rule out George Hill or Dahntay Jones or Tylers Hansbrough having a big game against Sacramento. You can't! Indiana is also solid defensively, so the Kings' attack will meet as much resistance as it did in the softest games of the road trip (Houston, Toronto, Minnesota).

Establishing some success at home could give the Kings' young players confidence they need heading back out onto the road this weekend, so this is a big one insomuch as any game for a lottery team can be a big one.

Game's at 7. Game threads at 7 and 8:30. Let's go Kings!