February 5, 2018, 4:38 pm
For the second time in two games the Kings face an opponent coming into the Golden 1 Center with a five-game losing streak. Sacramento wasn’t able to keep the Mavericks’ streak going but now they’ll get another shot as they face the reeling Bulls.
The Bulls come into the game losing their last five by an average of 11.8 while the Kings enter the contest after dropping their last two games. Both teams are 3-7 in their last 10.
The Kings suffered tough collapses against the Warriors as well as the aforementioned Mavs and ultimately fell behind late in both games and weren’t able to make up the difference.
For the Kings, this will be the team’s third straight home game after they returned from a six-game road trip. Partially because of that road trip, the Kings are looking for their first home win in almost a month. They last beat the Nuggets on Jan. 6.
In a rare occurrence, Sacramento will face an opponent that allows more points than they do; Chicago allows their opponents to score 109.3 points per game this season.
Sacramento will, however, have to contend with a Bulls offense that scores 103.6 points per contest compared to the Kings’ 98.3.
Although the Kings will not have to face Kris Dunn, who’s out with a concussion, or Lauri Markkanen whose flight was cancelled, they will have to deal with Zach LaVine. LaVine didn’t play the Kings in December when the teams matched up due to an ACL tear that sidelined him over a year.
LaVine had 21 points in 31 minutes in the Bulls’ loss to the Clippers on Saturday.
In the December contest, the Kings escaped Chicago with a 107-106 victory. Zach Randolph led the way in that game with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic had one of his bigger games of the early season as he dropped 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting.
The last time the teams faced off, Sacramento limited the Bulls to 46.7 percent shooting while the Kings shot an impressive 52.9 percent.
Prior to the Kings’ loss on Saturday when the team shot 52.4 percent, they hadn’t cracked the 50 percent mark in seven tries. It was the first time they made more than half their shots since their loss against the Jazz on Jan. 17.
The Kings were out-shot from the beyond the arc, which has been all too normal this season, by a margin of 13-to-6 against the Bulls in December as well.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Garrett Temple
SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Frank Mason (heel) – OUT
Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – OUT
Malachi Richardson (ankle) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. ET)
Where: NBCS California