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)