February 24, 2018, 5:47 pm
The Kings host the Lakers in a game that features two talented young teams with promise for the future. But currently, it’s a pair of teams consistently on the wrong end of the win-loss column. Sacramento has lost four of their last five and the Los Angeles has lost three of their last four.
The two teams have split the first two games they’ve played this season with both winning by double digits. The Kings beat the Lakers in Sacramento and Los Angeles returned the favor at Staples Center.
The game will once again be lacking the De’Aaron Fox-Lonzo Ball matchup plenty clamor for due to Ball returning from an injury and being on a minutes restriction and Fox dealing with conjunctivitis. The Lakers faced the Mavericks on Friday night and Ball had nine points on 3-of-8 shooting in his return to action.
The Lakers, who are first in the league in pace of play according to Basketball Reference, put up 124 points against the Mavericks en route to a blowout victory. Julius Randle led the way for L.A. with a triple-double in the win. Randle had 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 30 minutes.
Randle will be a key player that the Kings have to contain if they hope to get themselves in the win column for the first time since the All-Star break. Randle is averaging 20.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his last five games for the Lakers.
The Kings, who are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Thunder will need to contain the rest of an offense that averages 107.3 points per game. Sacramento, though, is hoping they can continue the scoring effort that they established against Oklahoma City. After scoring just 21 points in the first quarter of the defeat, the Kings put up 86 in the final three periods.
The main issue for the Kings this season has been falling behind big in games and playing catch-up entirely too often. In the last contest between these two teams, the Lakers used a third quarter run to set themselves up for an easy victory.
The Kings trailed the Lakers by just one point at halftime in the last matchup, but was outscored 31-to-22 in the third period and trailed by 10 heading into the fourth. In that game, Bogdan Bogdanovic was the leading scorer for the Kings, Bogdanovic came off the bench and scored 19 points in 32 minutes. Randle led the way for the Lakers with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six dimes.
PG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SG – Garrett Temple
SF – Vince Carter
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Kosta Koufos (illness) – OUT
Iman Shumpert (knee) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. ET)
Where: NBCS California
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Zach LaVine was an offensive juggernaut in Saturday's 118-106 win over the Cavs scoring 44 points, on 16-of-30 shooting, while chipping in 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal.
LaVine is averaging nearly 29 points a game in the month of January and has notched 40-plus points in three games this month. Beyond the scoring he has been very efficient during the stretch while also providing across the board in other categories. Remarkably, he is averaging just shy of two steals a game putting him in top-40 territory, in terms of return on investment.
January 26, 2020, 12:24 amAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis shot 13-of-22 from the field and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc on his way to scoring 31 points with seven rebounds, two steals and one block in a 108-91 loss to the Sixers on Saturday.
Davis was questionable with a glute injury, but he was able to play and show why he's the number one player in 9-cat this season. Davis is a fantasy stud and should be a top-2 player ROS.
January 26, 2020, 12:20 amKris DunnPG, Chicago Bulls
Kris Dunn notched his fifth-straight double digit scoring effort with 10 points in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Dunn's minutes have crept up a bit in the month of January and he has responded by averaging nearly two steals a game to go along with respectable countable numbers. The low scoring output is ok in this one as he made four of the six shots that he attempted, providing an semi-efficient game as he made all two of his shots from the charity stripe.
January 26, 2020, 12:17 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James scored 29 points on Saturday to pass Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
James added eight assists and seven rebounds on this historic night but was unable to get the win as the Lakers lost 108-91 to the Sixers. LeBron will continue to chug along with top-10 value ROS and is now only behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone on the all-time scoring list.
January 26, 2020, 12:12 amTomas SatoranskyPG, Chicago Bulls
Tomas Satoransky scored 19 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in six rebounds, six assists and three steals.
After failing to score in double digits in the past five games, Satoransky woke up and dropped 19 in this one. This is his highest scoring output this month and it was paired well with an all-around efficient game, not to mention the three steals. With so many backcourt options it is hard to trust him on a night-to-night basis but this one reminds fantasy owners of what he is capable of producing.
January 26, 2020, 12:10 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma flopped on Saturday with four points (2-of-6 from the field) and five rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.
Kuzma posted a dud and his fantasy value is tied heavily to his scoring. He's outside the top-220 the past month with 14.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 threes per game. He's a late-round value at his best and is worth trying to sell high since his name value may be greater than his fantasy value.
January 26, 2020, 12:06 amThaddeus YoungPF, Chicago Bulls
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Ben Simmons flourished on Saturday with 28 points (12-of-15 shooting), 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in a 108-91 victory over the Lakers.
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