April 9, 2018, 5:10 pm
The Kings will be on the road for the final time this season as they square off with the Spurs in San Antonio.
Sacramento have won two of their last three games on the road, against the Lakers and Grizzlies, and were unlucky not the win a third in Phoenix. While some teams are limping to the finish line, the Kings are looking to finish strong and have shown some positive flashes over the past few weeks.
The offense is looking fluid, on the most nights, and the team is playing with pace; something that wasn’t evident earlier in the season. The more De’Aaron Fox is in control of the offense the better, as his ability to control the tempo of the game has been impressive down the stretch and it has normally led to success.
The Spurs have A LOT to play for tonight and there’s no doubt the Kings would love to play spoiler. A San Antonio win will secure them a spot in the playoffs, so they’ll come out motivated and seeking a big time win.
San Antonio have taken all three of the prior meetings between the two sides, however, the Kings have played well in at least two of those contests. Sacramento came within 10 points on two occasions, whilst the most recent matchup was somewhat of a blowout.
Containing talented forward LaMarcus Aldridge will be key for the Kings, as he’s dominated them this season with averages of 25.0 points and 9.7 rebounds on 54.2 percent shooting from the field. His size and shooting ability has troubled the Kings’ bigs, namely Zach Randolph, but it’ll be on the likes of Willie Cauley-Stein, JaKarr Sampson and Jack Cooley to try to slow him down.
Former King Rudy Gay will also be on the opposing side. He’s been playing well lately after dealing with injuries for much of the season, averaging 14.3 points per game over his last three outings. Unsurprisingly, he’s excited about tonight’s match up for a number of reasons:
Rudy on his play in the 4th, Manu’s play also asked about game vs #Kings Monday… #Spurs win, they’re in. “Me getting to the playoffs and beating the Kings all in the same day…” pic.twitter.com/ZZwsANv5P6
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) April 8, 2018
The Kings are currently 13-27 on the road, and if they manage to grab a win over the Spurs (and lose to the Rockets on Wednesday) they’ll finish with a better record on the road than at home for the first time since the 2010-11 season under coach Paul Westphal. Yeap.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – JaKarr Sampson
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Skal Labissiere (ankle) – OUT
Frank Mason (heel) – OUT
Garrett Temple (ankle) – OUT
Iman Shumpert (knee) – OUT
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 ET)
Where: NBCS California