January 31, 2017, 10:21 am
The Sacramento Kings will finish up their current eight game road trip Tuesday night in Houston, when the team plays their third game of the season against the Rockets. The Kings are 0-2 this season against Houston, with neither game being particularly close.
Sacramento will be playing their fourth game in five nights, and will likely be suffering from tired legs after so many close games. This certainly won’t make the game impossible to win, but it will make it significantly more challenging.
The Rockets had a great start to the season, but the team has slowed down in recent weeks, going 4-6 in their last ten games. Houston is still third in the Western Conference, but they do not have the momentum that they had last time the Kings matched up with them.
Here are some notes heading into the matchup:
- Houston’s fast-paced attack makes them one of the worst teams in the league to face on the second night of a back-to-back, and may force the Kings to give minutes to some unlikely players. Willie Cauley-Stein and Malachi Richardson are both fairly fresh after carrying a light load during the trip, and both have the athleticism to keep up with Houston’s pace. The Kings may want to give both players some extra run tonight.
- DeMarcus Cousins was rested last time the two teams matched up, and his inclusion in Tuesday night’s game should help the team play to their strengths more. The team loses their identity on offense when playing without Cousins for long stretches, so they should be much better prepared this time around.
A win in Houston would give the team a .500 record on the road trip, and would give them a great morale boost heading into their homestand. The Rockets have dominated the season series to this point, but Sacramento still has a chance to get their revenge.