November 28, 2017, 2:32 pm
Fresh off their best performance of the season, the Kings will be looking to win their second straight Tuesday night when they host the Milwaukee Bucks.
Milwaukee got off to a strong start to the season, but a tough stretch over their last 10 games has dropped them to the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference. The team was hoping to be in a much better spot in their conference through 18 games, but at 9-9 there is still plenty of time to climb up the standings.
While their record may not reflect it at the moment, the Bucks are still one of the more talented teams in the league.
Any conversation about the Bucks roster starts with their star, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo has been able to build on his game every season in his career and this year was no different. He was always known as one of the top young talents in the NBA, but his play so far has moved him into the MVP conversation early on.
Stopping Antetokounmpo will be the Kings’ top priority heading into the matchup, but the team has plenty of other threats on the perimeter to be concerned about. Khris Middleton has been a do-it-all player for the Bucks on the wing, and newcomer Eric Bledsoe can be a difference maker on both ends of the floor.
The Kings will have a tough time against the Bucks Tuesday night, but the team’s recent play gives reason for optimism. If Sacramento can contain Milwaukee’s perimeter scorers they should have a good shot to take home the win.
- The Kings have had a lot of success bringing Willie Cauley-Stein off the bench in recent games, but this may be a good opportunity to bring him back into the starting lineup. Antetokounmpo is one of the toughest players to defend in the NBA, and Cauley-Stein is the team’s best bet to match his size and athleticism.
- Sacramento will be at a slight disadvantage after playing the night before in Oakland, but a deep pool of players to pull from should help the team keep fresh players on the floor. Only two players hit the 30-minute mark for the Kings against Golden State, and key contributors like Buddy Hield, Kosta Koufos and Skal Labissiere all played less than 16 minutes. Given the circumstances, this may be a great night for Dave Joerger to switch up the rotations a little bit and give some younger players a larger role to show what they can do.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – George Hill
SF – Garrett Temple
PF – Skal Labissiere
C – Zach Randolph
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. EST)
Where: NBC Sports California