• With just two games remaining before the All-Star break, the Kings look to close the first portion of the season on a winning note.

    The last time Sacramento faced the Mavericks, an all-out collapse in the fourth quarter cost them what could have been a win. After leading 85-84 heading into the final period, the Kings watched the Mavericks reel off 13 straight points to take a 97-85 lead.

    The Kings didn’t make their first bucket in the fourth until a De’Aaron Fox jumper ended the drought with 6:08 left to play in regulation. Fox finished the game with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

    Heading to Dallas, Sacramento is once again on the heels of a blowout fourth quarter. The Kings led the Timberwolves on Sunday 80-75 after three quarters, but gave up 36 points to Minnesota as they ended up dropping their second-straight game.

    The Kings played right alongside the talented Timberwolves team for almost the entire game, but ultimately 19 turnovers and a lack of defensive ability caught up to Sacramento as they fell to 17-38 on the season.

    Fox, once again, was the team’s leading scorer and had 23 points on the night. Buddy Hield added 16 points off the bench in only 19 minutes for the Kings

    For the 18-39 Mavericks, they come into the game having lost three of their last four. Dallas’ defense has been one of their weak points all season and during their recent stretch of contests, they’ve allowed 113 points per game to their opponents. The Mavericks last held a team to under 100 points when they faced the Kings earlier this month. On the season, they’re allowing 104.3 points per matchup.

    The Kings are still one of the worst defensive teams in the league in their own right and give up 106.8 points per game to their opponents.

    While last game the story was the battle of rookies Dennis Smith Jr. and Fox, it was Yogi Ferrell who put his stamp on the game as he knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter rally for Dallas. Ferrell finished with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting in that victory. Smith Jr finished the game with 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting but also dropped five rebounds and five assists.

    Harrison Barnes led all scorers in the game with 18 points the last time the teams met. The Kings will need to limit their opponent’s big quarters if they hope to pull out a victory in the first game of a back-to-back in Texas.

    PROBABLE STARTERS

    PG – De’Aaron Fox

    SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic 

    SF – Justin Jackson 

    PF – Zach Randolph

    C – Willie Cauley-Stein

    INJURY REPORT

    Garrett Temple  (mouth) – PROBABLE

    Iman Shumpert (foot) – OUT

    Harry Giles (knees) – OUT

    Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – OUT

    Frank Mason (heel) – OUT

    HOW TO WATCH

    When: 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. ET)

    Where: NBCS California

Fantasy News

  • Stephen Curry
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors opened their practice facility on Monday, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

    Slater adds that five players showed up for voluntary workouts. It's the first time that Golden State's gym has been open in over two months, and there are only three teams who have yet to get players back into team facilities. While it must be nice for the players to get back to some kind of business, the Warriors are not expected to be playing any more games this season given their league-worst record and the likelihood that the NBA trims the fat rather than ask every team to play out the season.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Kz Okpala
    F, Miami Heat

    Kz Okpala's offensive game has come a long way since January according to Heat Vice President and Assistant GM, Adam Simon.

    Okpala is already viewed as an NBA-ready defender, and once his offensive game is up to speed the Heat will have a hard time not getting him into the rotation. He spent 20 games in the G League and five with the Heat before the suspension slowed down his progression in 2020. Okpala got off to a slow start due to injuries, and a trade on draft day took away his chance to play in summer league. While this season is unlikely to amount to anything, Okpala is someone to watch in deeper leagues next year.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Gabe Vincent
    PG, Miami Heat

    Heat Vice President and Assistant GM, Adam Simon, stated that Gabe Vincent's knee is "good to go".

    It sounds like Vincent would have no problem being NBA ready if the Heat decided to call up the two-way guard when play hopefully resumes July 31. Vincent is a strong 3-point shooter with the ability to attack a closeout, but it is still unlikely the Heat will need to put him on the floor for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Shake Milton
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    According to projections by Mike O'Connor and Derek Bodner of The Athletic, Shake Milton will be a starter for the Sixers whenever play relaunches.

    Milton was thriving for the Sixers when the season was suspended due to COVID-19, and some risk remains that Ben Simmons will bump him from the rotation when the stoppage in play is lifted. In 16 starts with the Sixers, Milton averaged 14.1 points, 2.2 3-pointers, 3.6 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.1 steals. As a 3-pointer specialist along, Milton has earned a slot in 12-team formats, but things are going to be more difficult when he is forced to play off-ball in a fully healthy lineup in Philadelphia

    Source: The Athletic

  • Kevin Durant
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    On a recent ESPN podcast featuring Adrian Wojnarowski and his colleague Zach Lowe, Wojnarowski stated that Kevin Durant (torn Achilles) would not play for the Nets this year.

    Wojnarowski went onto say that he had no source that had relayed that information to him. The Nets have largely been deferring to Durant and the medical staff when it comes to his prospects for playing this year. While the organization may get hopeful that KD will lace it up for a playoff run, all signs are still pointing to him waiting until 2020-21.

    Source: Anthony Puccio on Twitter

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Rockets guard Eric Gordon has improved his diet, focused on sprints, and has apparently shed 12 pounds in the process, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic.

    Gordon has battled knee ailments for essentially his whole career and has dealt with his fair share of nagging injuries this season as well. Losing weight to create a lighter frame would seem sensible, especially with the knee issues. The Rockets, remember, fully adopted the "small ball" lineup and move fast so Gordon is smart to keep his endurance and fitness at high levels. He's going to have to play well and make shots for the Rockets when the NBA returns to action, otherwise coach Mike D'Antoni won't be able to justify giving Gordon minutes. We don't anticipate much fantasy value out of him if and when the league starts back up.

    Source: The Athletic

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the NBA is planning for a Board of Governors vote on Thursday, during which they are expected to approve Adam Silver's proposal for re-starting the season in Orlando.

    The trend lines are all moving in this direction, and this adds another bullet point on the schedule as the league prepares for launching games on July 31. Adam Silver has been able to bridge any divides between ownership and the players, and has been taking into account all his key constituent's views as we approach approval of a plan for moving forward. We still have plenty of items to resolve before we see game action, but the NBA is gaining momentum as these details come into place.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    On Friday, the Wizards resumed holding voluntary workouts at their practice facilities.

    The Wizards have joined a chorus of teams that are returning in limited capacities to their facilities at this point. The NBA as a whole is continuing its march towards the resumption of play with a target date of July 31 now established. The District of Columbia also entered phase one of reopening today, and it makes sense for the team to proceed on a similar trajectory.

    Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter

  • Julius Randle
    PF, New York Knicks

    Part of the Knicks' off-season thinking is to shape the roster around RJ Barrett, and it unclear where Julius Randle will fit in those plans.

    Barrett and Randle have similar offensive styles, as they typically have an advantage relying upon their strength to attack the basket, but neither has a component deep ball at this stage in their careers. As Barrett is the younger option it makes sense that the Knicks want to sign shooters to give him more space to operate with. Randle's lousy percentages and turnovers has made for a disappointing season with the Knicks thus far, and Barrett will also need to make some strides in the shooting department to become a 12-team asset. Randle is under contract for next season is owed at least $4,000,000 in 2021-22.

    Source: SNY.tv

  • Jayson Tatum
    SF, Boston Celtics

    On Friday, the Celtics' announced that their practice facilities would reopen on June 1.

    That leaves us with four NBA teams without access to their facilities. Things are beginning to accelerate throughout the league as teams ramp up activities in hopes of resuming competition in Orlando on July 31. So far so good, but the NBA still has many hurdles to overcome on the path to resuming the season.

    Source: Celtics PR on Twitter