January 30, 2018, 4:45 pm
Rolling into New Orleans, the Kings (15-34) have more than likely changed their game plan for the Pelicans (27-22) in the last few days. This is because the Pelicans are without center DeMarcus Cousins for the remainder of the year.
The Kings’ former centerpiece was averaging 39.5 points and 17.0 rebounds this season against the team that drafted him in 2010, but Cousins ruptured his Achilles against the Rockets last week.
The Kings on the other hand, are coming into the game with a bit of uncertainty on who will be in the lineup. In their last contest against the Spurs, the Kings were without two of their big men (Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein), two guards (Frank Mason, Garrett Temple) and forward Malachi Richardson.
Prior to falling to the Spurs in San Antonio, Sacramento had won two straight games. They’re currently 2-3 on their season-long six-game road trip and have a chance to head home after a respectable 3-3 record if they can pull off a win against the Pelicans.
But to do that the Kings will have to slow down Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday for starters. Davis had 25 points and 17 rebounds in the team’s last loss and Holiday added 20 points, nine rebounds and seven dimes in the same contest.
The Pelicans, who are currently sixth in the Western Conference, are one of the highest scoring teams in the league at 110.9 points per game but they also allow their opponents to score 110.7 per game. So far this season, the Kings and Pelicans have split a pair of high-scoring contests with Sacramento getting the better of New Orleans the last time the teams met.
In that game, Zach Randolph had 35 points to counter Cousins’ 38 points. The Kings also limited Davis to just 18 points on 5-of-12 shooting. The Kings’ bench outscored the Pelicans’ 53-to-16 in that victory as well. Sacramento not only out-made the Pelicans from beyond the arc in that win (SAC 13, NO 10), but surprisingly out-rebounded the Pelicans and their Twin Towers in that game 46-to-35 and will look to make that a point of emphasis on Tuesday.
The Pelicans, who are 4-1 in their last five games, are wrapping up a three-game home stand before going on the road for two games and will obviously be looking to hit the road with a win under their belt.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – George Hill
SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF – JaKarr Sampson
C – Zach Randolph
De’Aaron Fox (calf) – PROBABLE
Garrett Temple (ankle) – PROBABLE
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
Frank Mason (heel) – OUT
Willie Cauley-Stein (knee) – OUT
Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – OUT
Malachi Richardson (ankle) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 5:00 p.m. PST (8:00 p.m ET)
Where: NBCS California
November 20, 2019, 3:12 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James put up a triple-double for the fifth time this season in a 112-107 win over the Thunder on Tuesday, providing 25 points (10-of-21 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
James has now triple-doubled against all 30 NBA teams. He's hardly slowing down, ranking 12th in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues for the season. LeBron's scoring has dipped since last season from 27.4 points per game to 25.0, but his assists have skyrocketed from 8.3 assists per game to 11.1 this season.
November 20, 2019, 3:03 amAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis (right shoulder soreness) put up a game-high 34 points (13-of-24 FGs, 5-fo-6 FTs) as part of a full line that included seven rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes in a victory over the Thunder on Tuesday.
Davis has been a great fit for the Lakers and he once again toughed out an injury (or two or more) while producing in every category. He's currently ranked 4th in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. If he ever truly gets healthy, he should have a great shot at the top spot. Next to Davis tonight, JaVale McGee swatted four more shots in 23 minutes and continues to be an excellent streaming option for blocks, boards and field goal percentage.
November 20, 2019, 2:54 amRajon RondoPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo handed out 10 assists to go with eight points, two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes off the bench vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.
Rondo shot just 3-of-10 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line. His percentages have traditionally been harmful to fantasy teams, but his rebounds, assists and steals continue to pile up even as his minutes dip as he's nearing age 34. At this point, he's just a streamer for those categories, but remember that he averaged over eight assists the past two seasons. If he were to find himself regularly getting 30 minutes per game, there's probably a team in every fantasy league that could use him.
November 20, 2019, 2:38 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma (eye abrasion) left Tuesday's game after playing just nine minutes, and while he was technically available to return, Frank Vogel chose not to use him anymore.
It's a positive sign that he was available after the injury, but the situation should be monitored to be sure that Kuzma is going to play in the Lakers' next game on Friday before making decisions about how to use him.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
November 20, 2019, 2:31 amNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel had another good game on Tuesday in a road loss to the Lakers as he went for 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, eight rebounds, one assist and three steals in 24 minutes.
Noel has quietly entered the top-100 in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues and completely blown by the struggling Steven Adams. It's hard to trust Noel on a nightly basis, but there aren't many players better at racking up defensive stats (1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks in 18.3 mpg).
November 20, 2019, 2:22 amDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder had a season-high 31 points (12-for-20 FGs, 4-for-4 FTs) to go with four boards, one dime and three triples in 30 minutes off the bench in a 107-112 loss to the Lakers.
Schroder has had some great games this season, but it just hasn't been consistent enough to make him a must-start standard league player. Perhaps a trade will settle things for him a bit more in the next few months. Schroder's backcourt mates had mixed results tonight with Chris Paul scoring just four points on 1-of-7 shooting but with five boards, 10 dimes and four steals while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shot just 5-of-16 from the field but 4-of-4 from the line and had 16 points, five boards, four dimes, two treys, a steal and a block.
November 20, 2019, 2:13 amDanilo GallinariSF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Danilo Gallinari had a very efficient night, scoring 25 points on 7-of-11 field goals and 7-of-9 free throws vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.
Gallinari added six rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist in 31 minutes. Gallo is once again sneakily providing top-60/50 (8-cat/9-cat). Elsewhere in the frontcourt, Steven Adams had a rough game with just two points, six rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes.
November 20, 2019, 2:04 amBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanovic was on fire on Tuesday as he led the Kings to victory with a season-high 31 points (11-of-14 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) to go with seven triples, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes off the bench.
Bogdanovic has been thriving lately, and the fact that his hot stretch started before De'Aaron Fox went down is even more encouraging. Bogdanovic's production has put him into the top-65 for the season and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight to his impressive stat lines.
November 20, 2019, 1:56 amCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
Cory Joseph delivered a career-high 14 assists in 39 minutes in the Kings' 120-116 win over the Suns on Tuesday.
Joseph added six points on 2-of-5 shooting, five rebounds, a steal and two blocks in his fourth consecutive start. Joseph traditionally provides very low per-minute stats, so when he doesn't get near 40 minutes, his numbers aren't quite so palatable. Until De'Aaron Fox returns, Joseph is a low-end starting point guard for those desperate for assists.
November 20, 2019, 1:48 amRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes grabbed a career-high 15 boards vs. the Suns on Tuesday as part of a 20-point night (8-for-11 FGs, 4-for-4 FTs) with a steal and two blocks in 34 minutes.
The days when we could only dream of what Holmes would do with 30-plus minutes are gone. Since Holmes joined the starting lineup, he's been playing right around 30 minutes, which has him looking like a middle-round value. He could be in for a slight reduction in value once Marvin Bagley returns if the Kings frontcourt is otherwise healthy, but it appears that the Kings might finally be the team that just lets Holmes play. Nemanja Bjelica also had another good game tonight with 17 points, eight rebounds, a steal, a block and three treys in 31 minutes.