NBA: Kings vs Pacers Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Feb 3)

  • The Kings face the Pacers in Indiana.
  • This will be the second matchup of the season between the two teams.
  • The Kings defeated the Pacers in November.

This is the game many have been waiting for. Why? Tyrese Haliburton faces his former team, and Kings center Domantas Sabonis returns to Indiana. The Kins have gone 3-2 in the last five games and are still 8 games above .500 as one of the biggest surprises of this NBA season.

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The Pacers have been losing a ton of games lately, dropping 10 of the last 11 entering Thursday’s game against the Lakers. However, they got good news with Tyrses Haliburton suiting up for Thursday.

How to Watch

  • Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • When: Friday, February 3, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
  • How to Watch: NBCS, BSIN


Game Preview

The Kings and Pacers engaged in a trade that saw Domantas Sabonis go to Sacramento and Tyrese Haliburton go to Indiana. It’s safe to say that trade has worked out for both sides, and both players will have a lot of emotions facing their former teams.

The Kings won six games in a row in the middle of January but have gone 3-3 since. They won their most recent contest against the San Antonio Spurs by 10 points on Wednesday night.

The two-man show of De’Aaron Fox and Sabonis performed well in the win, combining for 65 points and 14 assists.

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The Pacers faced the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, so Haliburton might end up sitting Friday’s game since he is just returning from an injury. Even if he does play, it will likely be in a limited capacity.

The Pacers’ only win recently came against the Chicago Bulls, and they must be revived to see Haliburton making his way to the court. In his absence, rookie Bennedict Mathurin has been hot and is making a strong case for Rookie of the Year.


Domantas Sabonis should be full of emotion making his return to Indiana, and the Pacers fans will likely give him a lot of appreciation. Unfortunately, the home crowd is going to see a rough game for their team.

Haliburton has been sidelined since January 12, and it would be surprising to see him play in both Thursday and Friday’s games. The Fox-Sabonis duo in Sacramento is fun to watch and a massive reason why the Kings are one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

The Kings win this one in a lopsided effort.

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Matt is a sports fanatic and originally from sunny Southern California. He has covered multiple sports over the past half dozen years and also covers USC and Colorado sports as well as the Mountain West.

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