November 28, 2016, 9:49 am
After a strong 122-105 over the Brooklyn Nets Sunday night, the Sacramento Kings head to Washington D.C. for a matchup against the Wizards on Monday.
The Wizards have struggled to start the season, but the return of Bradley Beal to the lineup has added a new dimension to the offense. The team is 3-2 since his return, and they appear to be heading in a good direction. Between John Wall, Bradley Beal and the newly-emerging Otto Porter, the Kings will surely have their hands full.
Here are some notes heading into the game:
- As mentioned earlier, Otto Porter has provided quite the boost to this lineup, and drastically improves the team when he’s on the floor. The Wizard’s Offensive rating with him on the floor jumps from 98.8 to 109, and he is also fairly effective on the defensive end. Sacramento will be attempting to slow down Wall and Beal all game, but Porter can prove to be just as dangerous as the other two.
- With the talent and size that Washington has on the perimeter, the Kings may need to rely on Garrett Temple more than they have in the past. Temple has the ability to guard all three perimeter players at a very high level, so the team should look to get him plenty of time on the floor, especially when Washington’s starters are out there.
- Sacramento has gotten out to some sluggish starts recently, and will need to keep this in mind on the second night of a back-to-back. A change to the starting lineup could be a potential answer, but either way the team will need to keep themselves active throughout.
It is fairly early to start looking at the standings, but Sacramento currently sits 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth spot in the western conference, so a good road trip could put the team right in the mix for a postseason spot early.
Washington has struggled this season, but with the talent that they have they are very capable of the win. Sacramento will need to make sure to keep the Wizard’s perimeter players in check to have a good chance Monday night.