• After a gritty win Sunday night in Los Angeles, the Kings will look to build a winning streak Tuesday night in Phoenix against the Suns.

    The Suns (19-59) have not done well in most of their season series’ this season, but they do have a 2-1 advantage over the Kings entering Tuesday night’s game. The two teams have yet to match up in 2018, and the Kings were a decidedly worse team at the beginning of the season when those three games took place.

    With plenty of improvements over the last few months and Phoenix’s 15-game losing streak, there should be enough factors going in the Kings favor to make them the favorites to win, but injuries will also be a factor for the Suns. Devin Booker (hand), Elfrid Payton (knee) and TJ Warren (knee) are all out, and are arguably the three best players on the roster.

    While the loss of those three should hurt the Suns’ chances, there are still talented players on the roster. One of the biggest differences that Kings fans can expect this time around will be the improved play of Josh Jackson. Jackson took a few months to adjust to playing in the NBA, but his production in recent weeks has been a nice boost for the Suns, and he can be a dangerous player when locked in. Justin Jackson will likely be asked to guard him to start the game, and should have the mobility to contain him, but the Kings will need to be sure to help when necessary.

    The other concern for Sacramento will be Tyler Ulis. His lack of size gives him trouble around the rim and makes him a liability defensively, but his ability to shoot and run the offense makes him tough to take out of a game. De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason should have the speed needed to keep up with Ulis, but he’s going to be tough to stay in front of for a full game. Either way, this should be a good test for the Kings’ young guards.

    The Kings have found a way to stay competitive despite a tough schedule over the last month, so a game against the Suns looks like a good opportunity to get an easy win. With that said, there are still a few players that the Kings will need to contain to make that happen.

    PROJECTED STARTERS

    PG – De’Aaron Fox

    SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic

    SF – Justin Jackson

    PF – Skal Labissiere

    C – Willie Cauley-Stein

    INJURY REPORT

    Garrett Temple (ankle) – QUESTIONABLE

    Zach Randolph (personal) – QUESTIONABLE

    Iman Shumpert (foot) – OUT

    HOW TO WATCH

    Where: NBCS California

    When: 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. ET)

Fantasy News

  • Luke Walton - Team - Sacramento Kings

    As reported on TMZ, a lawsuit shows that Luke Walton is being sued for sexually assaulting a woman in his hotel room in May of 2017.

    Walton recently signed on to be the new coach of the Sacramento Kings. We will follow the story to see how it plays out and if it has any ramifications that affect his availability to coach the Kings.

    Source: TMZ.com

  • Blake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) is active for Monday's Game 4 against the Bucks, as expected.

    Griffin was listed as probable but there was pretty much zero doubt about whether or not he'd play with Detroit facing elimination. We'll see if they can extend this series tonight, even with their best player clearly working at less than 100 percent health.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Malcolm Brogdon - G - Milwaukee Bucks

    Mike Budenholzer expects to have a firm target date for Malcolm Brogdon (partial right plantar fascia tear) in the next 3-to-5 days.

    Brogdon has been out since mid-March and remains on track to meet the original 6-to-8 week timetable, though he hasn't done any scrimmaging yet. It's still anticipated that Brogdon will be back in the mix some time in the second round. Once he's up to speed we'll see less George Hill, Sterling Brown and Pat Connaughton.

    Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter

  • Chris Boucher - F - Toronto Raptors

    Chris Boucher (back spasms) has been ruled out ahead of Tuesday's Game 5 with the Magic.

    Boucher was briefly taken off the injury report ahead of Game 4 but ended up being ruled out anyway. He's highly unlikely to see the floor at all in the postseason, healthy or not.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) is probable ahead of Tuesday's Game 5 against the Nets.

    Embiid played it coy with his status earlier today but we'd expect to see him out there in a closeout opportunity. Ending this quickly would give him some additional rest with the second round starting on the weekend at the earliest, so a focused effort would give Philly benefits on multiple fronts. Embiid's played through the injury after missing Game 3 and hasn't looked too hampered in dominating Brooklyn up front.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) wouldn't commit to playing in Game 5 vs. the Nets on Tuesday.

    Embiid said that "We've got to keep them guessing" and it's highly likely he doesn't even know whether or not he's going to play yet. He's been a true game-time decision for the entire series and that's not going to change so stay tuned for updates closer to tip off.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Ed Davis - C - Brooklyn Nets

    Ed Davis (ankle) is considered to be questionable going into Tuesday's Game 5 vs. the 76ers.

    Davis was a big part in the Nets' Game 1 win and his rebounding could serve to help Brooklyn out a ton. They just look outmatched by Joel Embiid and Boban Marjanovic and Davis could provide another big man presence down low. This could be the last game of the series so Davis' status should be a big story coming into the game.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter

  • Jeff Green - F - Washington Wizards

    Jeff Green expressed that he would like to return and play for the Wizards during the 2019-2020 season.

    "I would love to come back," Green said. "Great set of guys on this team. I loved playing with Brad [Beal], John [Wall]." Green was very consistent and was on a friendly contract, but the direction in which the organization wants to go remains unclear. Green may need to find a new home given the plethora of depth the Wizards have at the forward position.

    Source: Chase Hughes of NBC Washington

  • Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Russell Westbrook went 5-for-21 from the field to finish with 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two treys in Sunday's 98-111 Game 4 loss to the Blazers.

    Time and again in this series, it's been evident that Damian Lillard has been playing at a higher level than Westbrook and tonight was a fine example. Lillard was able to shake off his early shooting struggles and come up big in the second half, but Westbrook was still forcing shots and appeared to be on the back foot for most of the game. He's best when he's the one taking it to his opponents. A reactive Westbrook is simply not the star the Thunder need right now, if they want to salvage any hopes of coming back in this first-round series.

  • Dennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder mirrored his 17-point performance from Friday with another 17-point game in Sunday's loss to the Blazers.

    Schroder shot 6-of-12 from the field and added three rebounds, three assists, two 3s and one steal to the box score tonight. Aside from him though, the Thunder's bench was deafeningly quiet. He cannot carry the load of the second unit's scoring output by his lonesome, especially when they're faced up against a team with multiple weapons like the Blazers. For now, the Thunder can only hope he keeps this up and that the other reserves will follow suit.