December 20, 2017, 3:49 pm
Coming off of the first win of the team’s four-game road trip, the Kings head to Brooklyn to face the Nets.
The Kings dropped their first two games by an average of 19 points, so when they fell behind in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, it would have been easy for Sacramento to fold. However, they turned the game around in the second half and defeated the Sixers 101-95.
The Kings were out-rebounded by 14 boards, but were able to hold onto possession of the ball as they gave up eight less turnovers than the Sixers.
The Nets are averaging five more rebounds per game than the Kings this season so that could have an effect on whether or not the Kings are able to leave town with a victory.
Another key element to the Kings earning a win in Brooklyn could come down to the team’s ability to slow the Nets offense down. The Nets are scoring 107 points per game this year while the Kings — who have been turning up their offense as of late — are putting up just 96 per game.
While the Kings are coming off their victory, the Nets on the other hand have been on the losing end of their last three contests.
The Kings bench will continue to be a significant factor, especially if George Hill, who is dealing with strep throat, is unable to play. The second unit, led by Buddy Hield’s 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting, were able to outscore the Sixers bench 50-39.
Former King Nik Stauskas went for 22 points in his debut with the Nets, but followed that up with a goose egg against the Pacers. Allen Crabbe returned after missing a game with a sore knee and put up 17 points in the Nets losing effort against Indiana.
Sacramento has dealt with a string of injuries but none have been too serious. De’Aaron Fox returned to action on Tuesday and put up just two points in 11 minutes of play. The team’s other rookie guard Frank Mason, however, played 22 minutes and had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
Wednesday’s game will be the first of two games between these two teams this season as the Nets will travel to Sacramento in March to play the second affair.
PG – George Hill
SG – Garrett Temple
SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
George Hill (strep throat) – PROBABLE
De’Aaron Fox (quad) – OUT
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
Where: NBCS California
When: 4:30 p.m. PST (7:30 EST)