December 1, 2017, 5:33 am
The Kings (6-15) head to Chicago on the first night of a back-to-back set to battle the Bulls (3-17) who are just as youthful and inexperienced as they are.
Sacramento is coming off of a back-to-back set on Monday and Tuesday against the Warriors and Bucks. They split those two games but the results didn’t go as you would expect.
The Kings managed to leave Oakland with a win for the first time since 2013 on Monday, but were blown out the following night against the Bucks. It’s was a disappointing way to round things out, but nonetheless the team would have still been over the moon with their massive victory on the Monday.
The Kings continue to deploy their tweaked rotations and while the team as a whole has been inconsistent, the results overall have been better than they were to begin the season. The team looks better on the whole but still has lapses that costs them the game, the Warriors and Bucks games being exceptions.
One was a complete 48-minute performance and one was a complete 48-minute meltdown. They’re still trying to find that balance but it’ll take time with such a young roster.
On the other hand, the Bulls have struggled big time all season long. Zach LaVine is still recovering from a torn ACL and they aren’t expecting him back for another couple of weeks.
Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn have been performing fairly well but have been inconsistent recently, a common trend for youngsters so it’s normal. Robin Lopez is still in Chicago doing his thing but the general consensus around the league is that he may be on his way out come the trade deadline.
This is easily a game the Kings should take against a team that’s lost seven straight. The Bulls could sneak up on them if they’re not careful though and we all know how the Kings operate so it’s entirely possible.
Keeping it simple and running effective sets on offense is all that’s needed to get them across the line tonight.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – George Hill
SF – Garrett Temple
PF – Skal Labissiere
C – Zach Randolph
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 5:00 p.m. PST (8:00 p.m. EST)
Where: NBC Sports California