January 23, 2018, 2:02 pm
On the heels of an eight-game losing streak, the Kings head to Orlando to face the Magic.
Two games into the team’s six-game road trip and Sacramento is looking like a team plummeting towards a top-three pick in the NBA Draft come the summer.
Sacramento lost by just five to the Hornets on Monday, but the game was out of reach for much of the second half as the Kings entered the fourth quarter down 17 before their rally came up short.
Skal Labissiere led the way for the Kings with a season-high 23 points on a red-hot 10-of-15 shooting in 29 minutes off the bench. Labissiere was one of six Kings players to put up double-digit points. Buddy Hield added 18 points off the bench as well and De’Aaron Fox led all starters with 16 points of his own. Sacramento’s bench outscored their starters 54-to-53 in the loss.
The Kings’ attempted comeback was a slight sigh of relief for fans since the team had lost back-to-back games by 15 points or more but it was still simply chalked up as another loss. During the team’s season-high losing streak the Kings have lost five of the games by double digits and have given up 106 points or more on six occasions.
Sacramento’s defensive rating is the worst in the league at 112.2 and, to make matters worse, their offense is also at the bottom of the NBA at 97.9, according to Basketball Reference.
The Kings and Magic split the season series last year with both teams winning in their respective homes, but Orlando has won two of the last three games on their home court against Sacramento.
The Kings will look to slow down a Magic team that has won two of their last three games. Although Orlando is just 2-3 in their last five, all five of their most recent games have come against teams in playoff position right now. Their two wins came against the Timberwolves and Celtics. To show just how close the Magic’s last five games were, the team has a plus-minus of zero during that stretch.
Big quarters for opponents has haunted the Kings this season and if the Magic’s last game is any indication, it’ll be something Sacramento will have to stop. Orlando pulled away from Boston in the third quarter of their matchup by out-scoring the Celtics 32-to-12.
Kings’ rookie Fox will have his hands full with Elfrid Payton, who dropped 22 points in the Magic’s last victory.
The Kings will also need to keep their eye on Evan Fournier, the Magic’s second leading scorer, who is averaging just under 23 points per game in his last three contests.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Vince Carter
PF – Skal Labissiere
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – PROBABLE
Zach Randolph (knee) – QUESTIONABLE
HOW TO WATCH
Where: NBCS California
When: 4:00 p.m. PST (7:00 p.m. ET)
November 15, 2019, 1:37 pmKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) is being listed as probable coming into Friday's matchup vs. the Kings.
With Avery Bradley set to miss time with a lower leg injury, the Lakers might need to play KCP more than they'd like. The opportunity should warrant a flier in standard leagues but the expectations for him should be very, very low to begin with.
November 15, 2019, 12:57 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
OG Anunoby (right eye contusion) is expected to play in Saturday's matchup vs. the Mavericks.
He missed Wednesday's game vs. the Blazers and the Raps still managed come out with the win. It's great news that he'll be back on the court tonight and his fantasy owners should be pleased to be getting back a top-35 guy. Fire him up in all lineups, sit back and relax.
Source: Eric Smith on Twitter
November 15, 2019, 12:37 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley suffered a hairline fracture in his lower right leg and will be re-evaulated in 1-2 weeks.
Bradley had been dealing with a slew of injuries lately and an MRI taken Thursday night revealed the fracture. He was having a career-resurgence with the Lakers, playing 27.4 minutes per night which is third to only LeBron James and Anthony Davis. With him sidelined, expect Alex Caruso to maybe earn a look with the starters which makes him an interesting pickup in deeper leagues.
Source: Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
November 15, 2019, 12:28 pmDwayne BaconSF, Charlotte Hornets
Dwayne Bacon (right knee soreness) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. Detroit
He sat out on Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies and the Hornets said that he'll test his knee pregame to determine his availability for this one. Stay tuned for updates closer to tip-off.
Source: Hornets PR on Twitter
November 15, 2019, 12:12 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Neither Blake Griffin (left hamstring, knee) nor Derrick Rose (right hamstring tightness) is not on the injury report for Friday.
Both Griffin and Rose missed Tuesday's game after playing on Monday, which was likely a load management situation. Both are good to get back into lineups.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
November 15, 2019, 12:09 pmAndre RobersonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Andre Roberson (left knee) will remain sidelined on Friday.
Roberson went through a non-contact practice last week but there haven't been any more updates. Consider him out indefinitely.
Source: NBA Injury Report
November 15, 2019, 12:08 pmDewayne DedmonC, Sacramento Kings
Dewayne Dedmon (right knee sprain) was able to practice on Thursday and Luke Walton thinks that he'll probably play on Friday.
Dedmon remains questionable on the official injury report, but it seems like he'll be good to go if you need him. So far he's logging just 16.2 mpg this season and is only a deep-league value.
Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter
November 15, 2019, 1:25 amPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap had a throwback game on Thursday, scoring 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists and two triples.
Millsap continues to turn back the clock with his performances and he did so in only 27 minutes tonight. This is all with Jerami Grant (12 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two triples) also providing value. Mason Plumlee (10 points, seven rebounds and two assists) was actually vital in tonight's double-digit deficit comeback. The main guy to own right now is Millsap, but beware of his mileage.
November 15, 2019, 1:25 amTaurean PrinceSF, Brooklyn Nets
Tauren Prince had an inefficient night shooting the ball on Thursday, going 5-for-15 from the floor on his way to 12 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two triples.
Prince should be able to churn out some standard-league value while Caris LeVert (thumb) is sidelined for the next few weeks. He won't be as good as he was on the Hawks. but the points, triples and steals are still there and he's a top-90 player so far this year.
November 15, 2019, 1:24 amJoe HarrisSF, Brooklyn Nets
Joe Harris scored nine points on 4-of-11 shooting with three rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on Thursday.
Harris was held to only nine points tonight and only attempted three shots from deep. He should be much better on the next one and while he won't light up the scoreboard, the triples should come at a higher rate.