November 16, 2016, 12:05 pm
The Sacramento Kings return home Wednesday night to begin a five game home stand against the San Antonio Spurs. This will be Sacramento’s second game against the Spurs this season, with the first game ending with a 102-94 loss.
Despite dropping the first game of the season series, the team has reason to be optimistic. In the first game, Sacramento was playing the second game of a back-to-back, and they were without starting point guard Darren Collison. Collison has returned from his suspension, and the team has had four days off in a row to try to get him comfortable in the new system.
Here are some notes heading into the game:
- Tonight’s game will be a great chance for Sacramento to show that they can get a good win at home. Sacramento struggled to a 4-7 record after a hectic early schedule that saw the team play numerous road games and back-to-back’s, so a strong game against a tough opponent would put the team on a good track moving forward.
- DeMarcus Cousins dominated in the last matchup, scoring 37 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Pau Gasol clearly did not have the strength or athleticism to keep up with Cousins, so this should be an advantage for the Kings.
- Sacramento has had issues scoring without DeMarcus Cousins or Rudy Gay, and with Kawhi Leonard matching up with Gay, the Kings will need to find other ways to score. The return of Collison should help, but even then Sacramento will need to look to their bench and other starters for support.
- The four days off gave the Kings plenty of time to figure out their rotations, so Wednesday should be a good look at the roles that various players will be expected to fill. Many players have dealt with inconsistency early, so this will be a good game to identify minutes played and roles for those players.
Sacramento was able to lead for most of the first half, but fell short in the second half in what was ultimately a very close game. The Kings should be much more prepared this time out, and will have an opportunity to show what type of team they can be.
January 19, 2020, 1:35 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield shot 5-of-11 from the field on his way to scoring 14 points with three rebounds, three assists and two triples in 35 minutes.
Hield is a top-90 player in per game value and there's some hope for him to improve slightly if his .418 field goal percentage can creep towards the .458 he shot last season. That isn't something to count on though since he's headed in the wrong direction lately, shooting .382 in the past month.
January 19, 2020, 1:34 amFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
In his return from a two-week absence, Fred VanVleet scored 29 points in Saturday's 122-112 win over the Wolves, chipping in four rebounds, two assists and four steals.
Not only did he shoot the ball efficiently (11-of-16) but he also held on to the ball and only committed one turnover. Though he only registered two assists, the four steals, make this one of the cleaner fantasy games for VanVleet this season. Look for him to keep it going as he is providing top-30 player return so far this season.
January 19, 2020, 1:27 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica was quiet on Saturday with 10 points, three rebounds and two threes in 33 minutes.
Bjelica had a double-double on Wednesday with 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, so owners shouldn't worry too much about Saturday's mediocre performance. Bjelica should be rostered in standard leagues while Richaun Holmes is out for the next few weeks. It's tough to see Bjelica holding standard-league value once the Kings get healthy though.
January 19, 2020, 1:27 amKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry scored 28 points in Saturday's win, chipping in seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.
The 28 points for Lowry is a nice but is muted a bit as he was only able to register two assists. Coming in to this game he is sixth in the league for assists per game with almost seven. The two is his lowest output all season whereas the 28 points is the highest point total this month.
January 19, 2020, 1:22 amMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley scored 17 points on 8-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.
Bagley has averaged 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in 27.8 minutes since returning from his left foot sprain three games ago. He's delivering with Richaun Holmes out and has done enough to keep his role safe once Holmes returns. Bagley has a good chance at posting top-100 value moving forward with top-75 upside.
January 19, 2020, 1:21 amPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam scored 14 points in Saturday's win over the Wolves, chipping in four rebounds, three assists and four blocks.
The backcourt players had the hot-hand in this one and limited Siakam to just 10 field goal attempts. Unfortunately, except for the defensive stats this seemed to take him out of the picture as he only registered four rebounds. No worries here as Siakam is still a beast.
January 19, 2020, 1:17 amNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell scored 20 points in 25 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win, chipping in three rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Powell has scored over 20 points in four consecutive games off the bench. Even with the return of teammate Fred VanVleet, Powell has continued to get shots up, averaging 14 field goal attempts a game. He is worth hanging on to in most leagues.
January 19, 2020, 1:12 amDanny GreenSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Danny Green racked up four steals on Saturday to go with 20 points, five rebounds, one block and four triples in 33 minutes.
This line is as good as it gets for Green with bunches of threes and defensive stats. Green is inside the top-130 on the season and can provide late-round value with threes, steals and blocks. His low upside makes him more suitable for 14-team leagues.
January 19, 2020, 1:06 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James dominated the Rockets in a 124-115 victory with 31 points, five rebounds, 12 assists and two steals.
James carried the Lakers to a victory without Anthony Davis. James has bounced back this year and is putting up first-round value again. Expect more of the same moving forward for LeBron.
January 19, 2020, 1:03 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 12 points in Saturday's loss to the Raptors, chipping in six rebounds, six assists, and a block on 4-of-11 shooting.
Following last nights 27 point game on his return from injury, KAT was flat tonight and did not contribute much on either side of the ball. This is nothing to worry about, though, as he is just playing under 30 minutes since his return. Once he finds his legs he should be back to returning first-round value for fantasy owners.