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
August 25, 2019, 6:50 pmRobert CovingtonSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Covington (right knee) is not expected to hav any limitations heading into training camp.
Covington had an arthroscopic surgery in April after missing 47 games last season due to a bone bruise on his right knee.
Source: Chris Hine of the Star Tribune
August 25, 2019, 6:32 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague (left ankle) is not expected to have any restrictions for training camp.
Teague had a left ankle debridement procedure in April to help alleviate inflammation. Teague's ankles have given him trouble throughout his career and he only played 42 games last season. With a clean bill of health Teague will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing season.
Source: Chris Hine of the Star Tribune
August 24, 2019, 11:09 pmDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White has reportedly passed the first concussion test after taking a nasty fall in Team USA's tuneup game vs. the Australian Boomers on Saturday.
This is good news. White has worked hard for his Team USA roster spot and should provide some guard depth for them once he clears concussion protocols. He was an eye-opener last season and should still hold some fantasy value despite the return of a now-healthy Dejounte Murray.
Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 10:27 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma (sore left ankle) will not take part in the FIBA World Cup as Team USA announces its final roster.
Kuzma sat out Team USA's final tuneup against Australia on Saturday as Marc Stein reports that he is flying back to Los Angeles to get treatment. We should still expect him to be ready for training and congrats to Mason Plumlee for making the team as many speculated that he would be the final cut.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 8:58 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four rebounds with two assists as USA Basketball had it's 78-game winning streak in tournament and exhibition games snapped on Saturday.
Walker continues to assert himself as the team's best player but USA losing to Australia was the much bigger story in this one. Harrison Barnes also played well as he chipped in 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds. USA will take on Canada on Monday in their last exhibition before taking on the Czech Republic in the first official match of the tournament on September 1.
August 24, 2019, 8:44 amDerrick WhitePG, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White left Saturday’s game after tripping and hitting his head on the floor.
White left without help but there is no word yet on whether he is dealing with a concussion. He finished with eight points, hitting 6-of-7 three throws in nine minutes with another update sure to come. The third-year guard put up top-125 per-game value, playing 25.8 minutes in his second season. Even with the return of Dejounte Murray, White should still be worth a roster spot in most standard leagues.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
August 24, 2019, 8:42 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart, sidelined for almost three weeks with calf tightness, returned to action on Saturday as USA lost to Australia in their exhibition.
Smart only played nine minutes in this one but still managed to score 7 points with three assists days after being named one of the team’s co-captains. Coming off an NBA All-Defensive First Team selection, he produced top-100 per game fantasy value as it seems he may have finally fixed his shot after shooting under 40 percent from the field in his first four seasons. He also produced a career-high in both steals and triples with 1.8 and 1.6 respectively as his career seems to be on the up and up.
August 24, 2019, 8:39 amPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills went off in the fourth quarter and finished with 30 points as Australia beat USA 98-94.
Although it was only an exhibition, it was still a huge moment for Mills and the Australian team in front of a huge crowd as they handed the US team their first loss since 2006. Mills was serenaded with MVP chants as Joe Ingles also played well with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four rebounds and seven assists while Andrew Bogut came off the bench for 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 20 minutes, shooting 7-of-8 from the field.
August 24, 2019, 12:37 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma is out for Team USA's tuneup up game vs. Australia with a sore left ankle.
Kuzma is being held out of this one for precautionary reasons. There's clearly no need for USA Basketball to risk him further injuring the sore ankle. This does not sound like a serious injury and should not affect his fantasy ADP on draft day.
Source: USA Basketball on Twitter
August 23, 2019, 6:02 pmDwight HowardC, Memphis Grizzlies
Dwight Howard has agreed with the Grizzlies on a buyout, and will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Lakers.
The Lakers are giving Howard an opportunity to be fantasy relevant. When given minutes, Dwight can produce double-doubles with the best of them, but he has been changing teams for years now. He will be worth a gamble at the end of your draft if camp with the Lakers goes well, but this is a non-guaranteed deal, and he only played nine games last season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter