• Sacramento will have a tough task in front of them Sunday night when they try to snap a 12-game losing streak at the Target Center.

    The Kings will be somewhat familiar with the Wolves’ roster from their matchup against them in mid-December. Minnesota won that game decisively, but the Kings will head into tonight’s game with a much different looking group.

    Sacramento is in the process of handing more responsibility to their younger players, and while the inexperience will certainly hurt them against a team as good as the Wolves, their athleticism will make them a pesky group to deal with.

    De’Aaron Fox had some struggles guarding Damian Lillard in his last game, but his play in recent weeks has been encouraging to say the least.  Fox is starting to use his speed to his advantage on a more regular basis and figures to be a tough matchup for Jeff Teague.

    One of the key concerns Sunday will be handling the Wolves’ frontcourt. The size of Karl-Anthony Towns and Taj Gibson will be a clear advantage, and Gorgui Dieng gives Tom Thibodeau a similarly-physical player to utilize as a backup.

    Willie Cauley-Stein will be the player tasked with stopping Towns, and while he is the team’s best candidate to do so he was not able to contain him in their last matchup. If Cauley-Stein is locked in defensively, the Kings will have a much better chance to steal a win.

    The Kings will also be working with much less depth than they had a few weeks ago. There had been an opportunity in past matchups to exploit the fact that Thibodeau plays his key players heavy minutes, but recent roster moves and a few injuries will make that tough tonight.

    George Hill, Georgios Papagiannis and Malachi Richardson were all casualties of the Kings’ roster moves at the trade deadline, but the team may not be getting much of a contribution from their newly added players.

    Joe Johnson has since been bought out by the team, and Iman Shumpert will be sitting with a foot injury. Bruno Caboclo may see the court, but he hasn’t been exposed to much at the NBA-level and isn’t likely to provide too much at the beginning of this tenure with the team.

    Sacramento will want to head out of Minnesota with the win, but they have made it clear that their focus will be on development. The good news there is that the Kings will need some big performances from their young players to pull off the upset.

    PROJECTED STARTERS

    PG – De’Aaron Fox

    SG – Garrett Temple

    SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic

    PF – Zach Randolph

    C – Willie Cauley-Stein

    INJURY REPORT

    Frank Mason (heel) – OUT

    Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – OUT

    Iman Shumpert (foot) – OUT

    HOW TO WATCH

    When: 4:00 p.m. PST (7:00 p.m. ET)

    Where: NBCS California

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    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Dwight Howard remains in his Atlanta-area home and the Lakers hope he will eventually join them in Orlando.

    The Lakers do not plan to replace Howard on the roster. They are being patient with Howard, but if he decides to not play in Orlando the Lakers will likely look to sign another center.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Luc Mbah a Moute
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Shams Charania reported that the Houston Rockets plan to sign Luc Mbah a Moute for the Orlando restart.

    Thabo Sefolosha announced on Wednesday that he will not participate in the Orlando restart, leaving the Rockets with a need for an additional three-and-D wing. Mbah a Moute played 61 games for the Rockets in 2017-18 and averaged 25.6 minutes per game, so he is familiar with their system. Mbah a Moute will be a low-usage player that the Rockets can plug in at the end of their rotation and will provide them more depth, which could be imperative for teams given the COVID-19 concerns surrounding this Orlando restart.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Dwight Powell
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Dwight Powell has advanced in his rehab from a torn Achilles as he has been able to do some light shooting, agility work, and has been able to do some jogging on the treadmill.

    Powell suffered a torn Achilles in January and has no chance of participating in Orlando's restart. However, it is always good news to hear a player reach a milestone in terms of their rehab. Powell may not play an NBA game until the 2021-22 season as he continues to recover from one of the toughest injuries in basketball. This is a situation that will continue to evolve over the next year or so.

    Source: Callie Caplan on Twitter

  • Jaren Jackson Jr.
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Head coach Taylor Jenkins told the media that they are "looking good, feeling good" in regards to the health of Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee), Brandon Clarke (right quad) and Justise Winslow (back soreness).

    Jackson and Clarke missed nine and eight games respectively prior to the shutdown while Winslow has yet to play a game for the Grizzlies due to an ongoing back injury. This appears to be great news for the young team as they will be at full strength when the league does resume. Clarke and Jackson definitely have fantasy appeal as they both finished inside the top-80 on the season. Winslow has potential but he is the riskiest of the three based on a brand new situation and the back injury that has caused him to miss 53 games so far this season. It is probably best to avoid Winslow for the league resumption and re-evaluate his fantasy value prior to the 2020-21 campaign.

    Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter

  • Thomas Bryant
    C, Washington Wizards

    Wizards center Thomas Bryant told the media that he is "100 percent healed" from a stress fracture in his foot and is doing everything on the basketball court ahead of the NBA resumption in Orlando.

    Bryant struggled to stay healthy prior to the league suspension as he played in 38 out of 64 games while the team also had him on a strict minutes limit for several of the contests that he was able to play. He is an intriguing fantasy option for the NBA restart but his recent injury history should be considered at draft time.

    Source: Fred Katz on Twitter

  • Caleb Swanigan
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Blazers forward, Caleb Swanigan, has opted out of the resumption of the NBA season in Orlando.

    Swanigan averaged 13.3 mpg for the Blazers across 20 contests and is off the radar from a fantasy perspective. He will join Trevor Ariza who will also be sitting out the NBA restart. There was very little likelihood that Swanigan would have been part of the rotation in Orlando with Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins returning from injury.

    Source: NBC Sports Northwest

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Thabo Sefolosha will not participate in Orlando when the league resumes.

    Sefolosha was a deep rotation piece for the Rockets as he only eclipsed the 20 minute mark once this season. There isn't much of a fantasy impact here as Sefolosha played in just two of the team's final nine games.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    In regards to the health of Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins, head coach Terry Stotts said that "they both look great" and will be available for the restart of the NBA season in Orlando.

    Nurkić was close to returning when the league was suspended while Collins was further away from playing basketball in March. However, the additional three months allowed Collins to recover as he has no limitations heading into the restart in Orlando. It is likely that they will find themselves in the starting unit while Nurkić is the more proven player in terms of fantasy production.

    Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter

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    PF, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings training staff believes that Marvin Bagley (left foot sprain) will be available for game action shortly.

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    Source: Jason Jones on Twitter