December 27, 2017, 3:51 pm
Home is where the advantage is.
While the Kings have a sub-.500 record at home and on the road, this is still true.
In the past five seasons, the Kings have averaged six more wins at home than on the road, so it’s not crazy to think they’ll have a better year on their home court this season as well.
The Kings have played 33 games so far this year, but have been at home for just 13 of those contests (which is tied with the Raptors for least home games played so far this season). With an 11-22 record, some could say the worst is behind Sacramento, but with teams like the Cavaliers and Spurs upcoming in the next week and a half, that may not be the case.
The Kings have a solid opportunity at getting some wins while in the “916”, but will have to play better than they have at home as of late.
With seven of their next eight games at home — and just three of those coming against teams better than .500 — the Kings have an opportunity to get themselves some wins.
The Kings dropped their most recent contest against the Spurs at home on Saturday. They also split a pair of home contests prior to their four-game road trip over a week ago. In the team’s last three home contests, Sacramento is averaging 95 points, which is even below their 96.5 points per game the team is averaging this season which is the lowest in the league.
With 49 games left, the Kings will play 28 in the coziness of their own home. But, they’ll need to do more than just show up to win.
The Kings have been atrocious at getting to the line in their most recent games, averaging just 11.5 FTA per game in their past two losses and the team has also failed to shoot more than 12 free throws in four of the team’s last six games. The aggression needs to turn up if they hope to contend with their opponents.
In addition to not getting to the line, the team is being out-shot from the 3-point line 96-to-63 in their past three games. The Kings have given up double digit 3-point makes in six straight games; the Kings have made more than seven threes just once in their past four games, additionally.
The Kings lost their first three home games after giving up an average of 109 points per game. Since, the team has gone 5-5 and have allowed just 94 points per game in their five wins.
The Kings first test of their six game homestand: the Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers.
Taking advantage of home court is something good teams do. The Kings should consider that idea to be of the utmost importance and a significant step in the right direction.