• The Kings’ six-game road trip continues Monday night in Charlotte as the team looks to snap a seven-game losing streak.

    The Hornets (18-26) have not lived up to expectations this season, but there is reason to be optimistic with this team. Charlotte has not been fully healthy for most of the season, but now that the team is closer to full strength, they have been able to win six of their last 10 games.

    The primary concern for Sacramento tonight will be Kemba Walker. Walker has been one of the best point guards in the NBA this season, and has generally carried the Hornets offensively over the last few seasons.

    Stopping Walker is an unrealistic goal, but George Hill and De’Aaron Fox have the tools defensively to make the game difficult for him. The Hornets also don’t get much production from Michael-Carter Williams, so the Kings should have an advantage when it comes to depth at the position.

    Charlotte hasn’t been great offensively this season, but they were able to get things going last time these two teams matched up.  Sacramento struggled to put much pressure on the Hornets defensively, forcing just three turnovers in the 133-111 loss earlier this month.

    The Kings are much younger than the Hornets, and while that will lead to more mistakes on the defensive end of the floor, it should also give them an advantage athletically.  If the Kings can use that advantage and increase the pressure defensively, they should be able to hold the Hornets to a much lower point total this time around.

    Another player that the Kings could struggle with is Dwight Howard. Howard, who was once one of the top players in the NBA, is still a high-level rebounder and a player that can cause problems in the paint with his size and athleticism. Willie Cauley-Stein has done a good job on the glass in recent weeks, but Howard will be an interesting challenge for him.

    Charlotte is a team that should give Sacramento some issues, but overall this is a winnable game for the young Kings. Getting a win over the Hornets would be a big boost for a young team on a long road trip in January.


    PG – De’Aaron Fox

    SG – George Hill

    SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic

    PF – Zach Randolph

    C – Willie Cauley-Stein


    Harry Giles (knee) – OUT

    Frank Mason (heel) – OUT


    Where: NBCS California

    When: 4 p.m. PST (7 p.m. ET)

Fantasy News

  • Jaxson Hayes
    PF-C, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jaxson Hayes blocked two shots and grabbed one steal on Saturday to go with 12 points on a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in 24 minutes.

    Hayes saw extra minutes on Saturday with Derrick Favors (back spasms) leaving the game early and not returning. Hayes should have more minutes if Favors misses time and is worth a look as a short-term option. Hayes is only a deep-league player when Favors is playing but has intriguing upside and is worth watching to see if he can get consistent minutes for the Pelicans, especially late in the season if the Pelicans want to give their younger players an extended look.

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk scored 13 points with five rebounds, three 3-pointers and three steals in 28 minutes off of the bench on Saturday.

    Olynyk is ranked inside the top-120 after this game and has a chance to stick around that value all season. Olynyk won't have too many flashy games, but he can contribute in threes and defensive stats.

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic had great counting statistics in tonight's 110-102 win over Toronto scoring 26 points on 5-of-14 shooting, adding 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and seven turnovers.

    Doncic's shot was not falling tonight though fortunately he was able to get to the line 19 times, converting 15 of them. The 15 rebounds were also huge and he continues to be a nightly triple double threat. Unfortunately, he is just as likely to get a good triple double (points-rebounds-assists) as he is to get a bad one (points-rebounds-turnovers).

  • Nassir Little
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Nassir Little started on Saturday and scored five points (2-of-8 shooting) with eight rebounds in 32 minutes.

    Little started for the second consecutive game and saw his minutes increase from 23 to 32. Little is only a deep-league player for now but is someone to throw on a watch list in standard-leagues.

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points on 7-of-20 shooting, adding a solid 15 rebounds, two assists and a block in Saturday's win over Toronto.

    Porzingis matched up against Toronto's Marc Gasol and was able to generate solid offense. The output was more indicative of the volume of shots that he took than of his efficiency. For the season he is shooting around 40 percent, which is a drag as he is also a high-volume shooter. The rebounds and blocked shots will offset some of this for fantasy owners though a few more 3's would be nice.

  • Maxi Kleber
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Maxi Kleber got the start and played a solid 38 minutes in tonight's win over the Raptors scoring 10 points, with 6 rebounds and two steals.

    Kleber made more of an impact in real life than on the box score which should translate to an increase in playing time. He and teammate Dwight Powell will continue to share minutes but Kleber got the bulk tonight. As long as he is starting for Dallas he is startable in fantasy-land.

  • Tim Hardaway Jr.
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored just four points on 2-of-11 shooting adding one rebounds and three assists in tonight's win against the Raptors.

    TMJ got 19 minutes in tonight's match and ended up taking 11 shots, though he was only able to convert on two of them. He should not be owned in any but the deepest of leagues as he provides little else but points when given playing time, which he is not consistently being given now.

  • Seth Curry
    SG, Dallas Mavericks

    Seth Curry posted a solid line in Saturday's win over the Raptors scoring 15 points while adding six rebounds, five rebounds, and a steal and block in 33 minutes of play.

    Curry got the start and ended up playing 33 points in this one. He made the most of it and shared primary ball-handling duties with teammate Luka Doncic. Tonight was a solid outing and Curry provides intrigue for owners in need of point guard-type statistics though his value varies wildly depending on his minutes.

  • Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet scored 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting adding four 3's, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal in Saturday's 102-110 loss to the Mavericks.

    VanVleet continues to get the green-light in teammate Kyle Lowry's absence and is able to generate plenty of shooting opportunities. The increased ball-handling opportunities is also a huge boon for his fantasy stock as he is averaging a career high 7.6 assists per game. Fantasy owners should continue to play VanVleet indiscriminately even when Lowry returns.

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum hit six threes on Saturday on his way to scoring 32 points (13-of-25 from the field) with six rebounds and seven assists.

    McCollum has struggled from the floor this season, only shooting .407 before Saturday. That should turn around for the career .453 shooter and once the shooting comes back McCollum should be a safe mid-round player.