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Kings vs. Pacers Preview: Will this losing streak ever end?

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Sacramento's riding an 8 game losing streak into tonight's action against the Indiana Pacers.  This is the final game of the road trip and hopefully Sacramento can end it and the month of January with a rare win.  Today's action tips off at 4:00 pm on Comcast SportsNet California and on KHTK 1140.

3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR

1. The Pacers don't have much offense without star Paul George, but their defense is still very good, ranking 8th in the NBA.  Hibbert and George Hill do a great job of protecting the paint and perimeter respectively, but the whole team is very solid in their fundamentals.

2. Sacramento needs this win desperately or else this win streak can get pretty ugly.  While this ends our road trip, our first games back home include games against Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks before heading to Utah.  The Kings should be a better team than the Pacers, and considering they already beat them once this season (barely) without DeMarcus Cousins, they should be able to beat them when they do have Cousins.

3.  This is a big game in terms of lottery standing, which might mean a lot more to both teams come the end of the season.  The Kings need to be 10th worst or more to keep their pick and right now they're tied with Boston for 6th.

MATCHUP OF THE GAME

Roy Hibbert vs. DeMarcus Cousins

The Kings have one big advantage every game they play and that is DeMarcus Cousins.  Hibbert is theoretically a good matchup for Cousins given his size and length, but Cousins is quicker and should be able to bring him out of the paint with his jumper (although he's been relying on it too much for my taste lately).  Hibbert doesn't offer a huge challenge on the other end of the court, but he is still a threat if he gets too good of positioning.

PREGAME LIMERICK

Jerry Reynolds is the hick from French Lick,
Nik Stauskas is just plain ol' Nik.
He needs to shoot,
there's no dispute,
and also get to the basket right quick!

PREDICTION

Kings 95, Pacers 28 after Indiana spends the whole game trying to recreate Reggie Miller's 8 points in 9 seconds and they finally do it late in the 4th quarter.