• The Kings will be looking to keep their first win-streak of the season alive Saturday night when they visit the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

    The Knicks were expected to be one of the bottom-dwellers of the East this season, but a 6-5 start has fans hopeful that they can make a push for the postseason.

    Part of the reason for their turnaround has been the elevated play of Kristaps Porzingis.  Many feared that the departure of Carmelo Anthony would leave the team without a true go-to scoring option, but Porzingis proved that he’s ready to be that player for the Knicks.

    Sacramento will have a tough time tonight if Porzingis is able to get going, but this team is certainly beatable.  Extending their current win streak on the road would be a great step forward for this young roster.

    NOTES PRIOR TO TIPOFF

    • Justin Jackson has been showing significant improvements during the team’s last two games, and that has been a big part of the team’s recent turnaround.  Dave Joerger has been able to get Jackson into younger lineups that do more to highlight his strengths, and the offense has been much better as a result.
    • Buddy Hield has also been noticeably better over the team’s last few games, but much of that appears to be confidence and opportunity.  Hield has taken over games for the team multiple times this season, helping fuel plenty of runs when the team needed it most.  Hield is a great energy player that will go cold from time to time, but his new role off the bench seems to have given him the chance to be aggressive, which in turn has increased his confidence.
    • Kristaps Porzingis is regularly mentioned when fans around the league talk about the Knicks, but the Kings will also need to worry about defending Enes Kanter.  Kanter tends to be a defensive liability for whatever team he plays for, but he is one of the Knicks’ top scorers, and he rebounds well on both ends of the floor.  Stopping Porzingis should be a priority, but the team shouldn’t forget about the damage that a player like Kanter can do as well.

    PROJECTED STARTERS

    PG – George Hill

    SG – Garrett Temple

    SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic

    PF – Zach Randolph

    C – Willie Cauley-Stein

    INJURY REPORT

    Harry Giles (knee) – OUT

    Vince Carter (kidney stones) – OUT

    HOW TO WATCH

    When: 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST)

    Where: NBC Sports California

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