January 25, 2018, 3:42 pm
The Kings, who ended their eight-game skid on Tuesday against the Magic, stay in Florida and look to make it 2-for-2 in the Sunshine State as they go up against the Heat.
Sacramento’s 14-33 shoulders are more than likely feeling extremely loose heading into the game with Miami, who are 27-20 on the year.
Garrett Temple led the way for the Kings as he posted a career-high 34 points against Orlando to help the Kings solidify the comeback victory.
Temple shot an incredible 14-of-17 from the field for the Kings who fell behind 79-68 with just over four minutes left to play in the third quarter. Sacramento went on to outscore Orlando 37-20 to close out the win.
The Heat will be without a prolific scorer in Dion Waiters who’s out for the remainder of the season, while Goran Dragic is a game-time decision to play so the Kings may get a stroke of luck tonight. Luckily for them Tyler Johnson will not be playing. He’s got a reputation of laying it on the Kings every time he suits up, averaging 22.0 points per game on 64.3 percent shooting from the field and 66.7 percent from three in four games.
Dragic is averaging 17.3 points and 4.9 assists per game and leads his team in both of those categories so his absence would quietly help the Kings out a bit.
The Heat had been on a seven-game winning streak but have now won just two of their last five games. Their most recent contest was a loss to the Rockets on Monday so the team should be well-rested.
Just as the Heat are hoping for players to return, the Kings show that same hope. For them, though, it’s in the form of rookie De’Aaron Fox who left Tuesday’s game with an abdominal tightness. The MRI came back negative which is positive news for the team and Fox.
Zach Randolph sat out against the Magic because the team forgot to list him as active. He was healthy to play so he’ll likely be good to go tonight.
The Kings will need to keep the Heat from getting easy buckets in the paint if they hope to steal a win in Miami. The Heat outscored the Rockets 56-to-34 in the key in their loss.
Former King Hassan Whiteside played a big role in that as he dropped 22 points and 13 boards on Houston. Whiteside is the Heat’s second-leading scorer at 14.7 points per game and is their leading rebounder at 11.8 per contest.
To counter Whiteside, the Kings will look to their third-year big Willie Cauley-Stein who had an impressive 21-point, nine-rebound game in the Kings’ Tuesday win.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Harry Giles (knee rehab) – OUT
Frank Mason (heel) – OUT
Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – PROBABLE
HOW TO WATCH
Where: NBCS California
When: 4:30 p.m. PST (7:30 p.m. ET)
November 22, 2019, 1:43 amMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges led all Suns reserves in minutes (36) on Thursday and put up 14 points on 3-of-7 shooting, to go with six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
He's simply outplaying Dario Saric (five points, five rebounds, one trey, one steal, 16 minutes) right now and the extra run on the floor is paying off dividends for managers who held onto Bridges during those lean games. Pick him up if he's been dropped in your league.
November 22, 2019, 1:40 amDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker was relatively quiet on Thursday, recording 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting with five rebounds, seven assists, two treys and six turnovers in 37 minutes.
The turnovers were a stinger for his owners in 9-cat leagues and you can credit the Pelicans' feisty defense for more than a few of those. Count it as an off-night for Booker and move on. He should bounce-back to his top-30 form in no time.
November 22, 2019, 1:36 amTyler JohnsonPG-SG, Phoenix Suns
Tyler Johnson started for Ricky Rubio (back) on Thursday and chipped in across the board with six points, five rebounds, four dimes, one trey, two steals and two blocks.
It was a DFS gem coming from the low-end veteran guard. He is worth streaming while Rubio remains out, but that's the ceiling of his upside in fantasy at this stage of his career.
November 22, 2019, 1:32 amKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre Jr. produced a team-high 25 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field and 9-of-9 shooting from the line with six boards, two 3s and four assists in Thursday's loss to the Pelicans.
Oubre is holding steady as a top-70 play in 9-cat so far this season. His ceiling is somewhere within top-50 value, but as a hot commodity, may cost you an arm and a foot for his services.
November 22, 2019, 1:29 amJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday was one assist shy of a double-double on Thursday as he tallied 23 points (10-of-19 shooting), four rebounds, nine assists, one 3-pointer, three steals and one block.
His ability to stuff the stat sheet is at the core of Holiday's fantasy appeal. It appears he's turned the corner from a slow start. Both he and Brandon Ingram are playing well right now, but Zion Williamson could throw a wrench into the vibe once he's back on the court. Now would be an ideal time to sell-high on Holiday if you want to exit your position.
November 22, 2019, 1:23 amE'Twaun MooreSG, New Orleans Pelicans
E'Twaun Moore chipped in 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting with five rebounds, three 3s and two assists in 26 minutes in Thursday's win over the Suns.
Moore has been on the radar in 14-team leagues or deeper for his scoring and 3-point shooting as of late. He will fade as the Pelicans get healthier, but feel free to ride out his run while it lasts.
November 22, 2019, 1:20 amJJ RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
J.J. Redick caught fire in Thursday's win over the Suns, knocking down 5-of-8 shots from deep en route to his 26 points (10-of-14 shooting) with five rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Redick definitely has some gas left in his tank, scoring 20 points or more in four of his last five games. He's been a top-120 play in 9-cat over the season, so consider selling high now.
November 22, 2019, 1:16 amBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram shook off a slow start in Thursday's 124-121 win over the Suns to finish with 28 points (9-of-19 shooting), eight rebounds, five assists, three 3s, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.
Ingram is back to his early-season form and delivering across the board in impressive fashion. He appears on track to sustain his production, as is, but a returning Zion Williamson could muddle things for sure.
November 22, 2019, 1:12 amLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball (right adductor strain) played 19 minutes off the bench in his return to action on Thursday, posting eight points on 3-of-9 shooting with two 3s, one rebound and five assists.
Considering it was Ball's first game back in over two weeks, it was not a bad showing. He should eventually return to the starting lineup and see his minutes restriction eased and then later lifted as he gets his legs back. For now, you can bench him until he's back at full strength. Good news is the wait might not be too long.
November 21, 2019, 11:54 pmSkal LabissierePF, Portland Trail Blazers
Skal Labissiere had a huge night on Thursday with a season-high 22 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and five blocks as the Blazers lost 137-129 against the Bucks.
Labissiere was huge partially due to Hassan Whiteside's absence, but we have to give him a lot of credit. Not only was it a season high in points for Skal, but also in rebounds and blocks. Additionally, he hit his first two 3-pointers of the season. It was an all-around gem from him and he should really be on radars going forward because of the lack of depth up front for the Blazers even when Whiteside is healthy.