October 21, 2017, 8:08 am
After a hard-fought 93-88 win in Dallas on Friday, the Kings have a quick turnaround as they head to Denver to take on the Nuggets, who are looking for their first win of the season.
On the back of veterans George Hill and Zach Randolph, who was making his Kings debut, Sacramento was able to earn their first win of the year.
The Kings split four games with the Nuggets last season and averaged 118 points in the two wins and just 94 points in the losses.
Denver, who finished seventh in the league in three-pointers made per game last season are currently sixth in the category. However, they’ve only played one contest. The Kings are 17th in that same category.
The Kings will need to get better in that aspect, along with ball movement. The Kings are averaging 19.5 assists per game, which is just 25th in the league.
Rookie De’Aaron Fox put up his first-career double-digit assist performance in Friday’s win as he dropped 10 dimes. If the 19-year-old is able to average even close to that total, he’ll make Sacramento’s second unit a force to deal with.
Willie Cauley-Stein, who’s averaging 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds through two games, will be looking for his third consecutive double-double. However, it won’t be easy against one of the NBA’s top center’s, Nikola Jokic.
Randolph will have his hands full tonight with big offseason acquisition, Paul Millsap, on the opposing side. Millsap presents all kinds of matchup problems so we could see someone like Skal Labissiere called on to tame the four-time All-Star.
The Nuggets are coming off a 106-96 loss to the Jazz in which they were outscored by 15 in the fourth quarter. However, tonight’s game is Denver’s home opener so they’ll be motivated to come out strong in front of a presumably packed house.
Hill and Fox will have their work cut out for them dealing with youngsters Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay. Murray and Mudiay didn’t have much to show for themselves in the team’s loss against the Jazz as they combined for just 16 points and four assists, but someone like Murray could present some tough matchup problems.
Murray’s height at the guard position will require the Kings to stay honest on defense due to his ability to find open players, especially those beyond the arc.
The Kings will be looking to move over 500. for the first time in this young season, but playing in Denver on the second night of a back-to-back is one of the toughest assignments in all of sports so this young Kings squad will have to be at their best.
SACRAMENTO PROJECTED STARTERS
PG – George Hill
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
KINGS INJURY REPORT
Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) – OUT
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
WHERE: NBC Sports California
WHEN: 6:00 p.m. PST (9:00 p.m. EST)
February 20, 2019, 11:43 pmAustin Rivers - G - Houston Rockets
Austin Rivers (sore right elbow) is being listed as probable for Friday's tilt vs. the Lakers.
Rivers has taken a step back ever since Chris Paul came back from his injury and has been posting value outside the top-200. As long as the Rockets' starting guards are healthy, Rivers can be left on the wire.
February 20, 2019, 11:34 pmTyus Jones - G - Minnesota Timberwolves
Tyus Jones, who is expected to practice on Thursday, says that he won't have restrictions once he's back, which could be on Friday vs. the Knicks.
Jones' return is something to watch especially by managers in deep leagues. He's been known to be a viable stream target for steals. That said, as long as Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose are healthy, Jones is not an option in standard leagues.
Source: Julian Andrews on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 8:28 pmTrey Lyles - F - Denver Nuggets
Trey Lyles hobbled off the court during the Nuggets' practice on Wednesday, so consider him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Mavs.
Lyles has not held much value while Paul Millsap is healthy and active and this news does not help his short-term outlook. You can consider dropping him in deep leagues for a more promising FA.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 8:22 pmGary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris, who has missed the Nuggets' last seven games due to a right adductor strain, is available to play vs. the Mavs on Friday.
Harris has had a rocky 2018-19 season to say the least, dealing with an assortment of injuries that have kept him off the floor for multiple games. Hopefully, he can finally stay healthy for the second half of the season. He has a top-30 upside when at 100 percent health, so feel free to slot him in your active lineups.
Source: Christian Clark on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 8:16 pmEmanuel Terry - PF - Miami Heat
The Heat have signed undrafted D2 All-American forward Emanuel Terry to a 10-day contract.
Terry played in nine games for the Heat's G-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season and posted averages of 16.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. He's currently not someone worth picking up in fantasy leagues.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 7:50 pmTroy Brown Jr. - F - Washington Wizards
According to Candace Buckner, Wizards rookie Troy Brown Jr., who missed the last several games due to an ankle injury, has been looking "fresh and spry" while going through a shooting drill.
Brown has not made much of an impact in fantasy this season, but with the Wizards out of the playoff race, we could see Brown get some run. He's worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues for now.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 7:42 pmEmmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks
Coach David Fizdale said that he's open to Emmanuel Mudiay (shoulder) and Dennis Smith Jr. together in the backcourt.
This would make for an interesting albeit the most inefficient scoring backcourt in the league. Even if Mudiay does share the floor with DSJ, he's not going to bring enough fantasy juice to worth an add outside of very deep leagues.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 7:38 pmRobin Lopez - C - Chicago Bulls
Coach Jim Boylen said "We have not discussed a diminished role for him at all" in reference to Robin Lopez, who was shut own post-ASB last season.
Lopez looks like he'll be sticking it out with the rest of the Bulls starters until further notice. He's good for some points and boards with reasonable field goal shooting but that's about it. As long as you're not expecting to be wowed, Ro-Lo is a decent pickup in 16-team leagues or deeper. Cristiano Felicio is a drop as he won't hold value while Lopez is in play.
Source: KC Johnson on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 6:42 pmKris Dunn - G - Chicago Bulls
Kris Dunn (back contusion) is on track to play on Friday after going through Wednesday's practice.
Dunn missed the last game before the All-Star break but wasn't expected to miss any further time. Ryan Arcidiacono will move back to a bench role going forward.
Source: Mike McGraw on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 6:40 pmEmmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks
Emmanuel Mudiay (strained left shoulder) will return to the lineup on Friday against the Wolves.
Mudiay won't be usurping Dennis Smith Jr.'s starting role, so he'll likely have to settle for battling with Frank Ntilikina for backup minutes. He's safe to cut in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Source: Zach Braziller on Twitter