April 12, 2017, 1:50 pm
The Sacramento Kings will play their final game of the season Wednesday night when they head to Los Angeles for a game against the Clippers. These two teams last matched up in late march, with that game ending in a 98-97 victory for the Kings.
The Kings, who enter the game with a 32-49 record, will be looking to end their season on a positive note. The Kings have a nice young core in place to build around moving forward, and will continue to both evaluate and teach their young players in Wednesdays game.
Having already earned a spot in the postseason, the Clippers will be looking to get an exclusive hold on the fourth spot in the Western Conference. Los Angeles is currently tied with Utah for the fourth spot, meaning that either team could still end up with with home court advantage.
Here are some notes heading into the matchup:
- DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin bring plenty of physicality and skill to the Clippers front court, making them a difficult pairing to deal with on both ends of the floor. The Kings have plenty of skilled bigs on the roster, but there isn’t much size in that group. Georgios Papagiannis may find himself getting some extra time on the floor, but Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere will need to find a way to contain these two.
- Buddy Hield was a key part of the 18-point comeback in the last matchup with the Clippers, and is coming off a great outing against the Suns. Without many options offensively, Sacramento has found success leaning on Hield for instant offense late in the season and will need another big game from him to keep this game competitive.
While both teams will enter the game with different goals in mind, the end result will likely be a highly competitive matchup. The Clippers will be looking to do anything they can to get home-court advantage, but the Kings have shown that they don’t back down from any matchups.