• After a 102-99 win over the Toronto Raptors Sunday night, the Sacramento Kings take on the Oklahoma City Thunder for another tough game at home on Wednesday night. ¬†Oklahoma City lost their game the night before against the Los Angeles Lakers 111-109.

    The Thunder have struggled recently, going 4-6 over their last ten games and losing their last two, but with Russell Westbrook and plenty of other talented players on the roster, Sacramento should expect to have their hands full.

    Here are some notes heading into the game:

    • There has been quite a bit of talk surrounding Sacramento’s inability to score without DeMarcus Cousins or Rudy Gay on the floor, and the Thunder seem to have the same issue with Russell Westbrook. ¬†Their Offensive Rating goes from 108.9 to 95.3 when he leaves the game according to Basketball Reference, so this matchup may come down to which bench can be more effective.
    • Rudy Gay has had multiple tough assignments on this home stand, and Andre Roberson should be no different. Roberson is one of the best wing defenders in the league, so Sacramento will need to find ways to get contributions from the bench and the rest of the starting lineup.

    A win tonight would even up the team’s record on the home stand at 2-2, and would allow them to finish the five game span with a winning record. ¬†Considering how difficult the schedule has been to this point, a 5-4 record at home and a 7-9 record overall would be a decent start to the season, and would put the team in a relatively good position to compete for a postseason spot. With that said, a win is certainly not guaranteed, so the Kings will need to maintain their focus and energy against the fairly young and talented Oklahoma City Thunder.

Fantasy News

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said on Tuesday that he isn't sure if Kyrie Irving (personal) will play against the Pistons on Wednesday, but the team is 'optimistic' that he will be out there after he returned to practice on Tuesday.

    Keep tabs on the situation as more information rolls in. If Irving sits this one out, Spencer Dinwiddie would start at PG again and maintain peak usage.

    Source: Alex Schiffer on Twitter

  • DeAndre Jordan
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    DeAndre Jordan (right middle finger dislocation) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    With Jordan back in the lineup, Jarrett Allen will take a hit as the two will presumably return to splitting C minutes. Nicolas Claxton had seen extra run the past few games, but he will be relegated to deeper-reserve status for this one.

    Source: Alex Schiffer on Twitter

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) is being listed as questionable to play against the Suns on Tuesday.

    Porzingis has been a top-45 9/8 cat asset over the past week on the back of 14.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.3 treys per game in 26.1 minutes. Although he has shot poorly, 37 percent from the floor, his ability to hit threes and contribute in stocks has been a boost to owners who were waiting for his return. If Porzingis is held out of the back-end of the back-to-back, look for Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, Justin Jackson and Willie Cauley-Stein to see extra minutes.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic (right ankle soreness) is being listed as probable to play in Tuesday's matchup with the Suns.

    The past two weeks have brought some struggles from the free-throw line with Doncic, as he is shooting just 57 percent on 8.3 attempts per game. Doncic has provided just top-85 value in 9 cats over this time, but if we take out the free-throw shooting he jumps back to top-10 value over this time period.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kendrick Nunn
    PG, Miami Heat

    Kendrick Nunn (bilateral Achilles soreness) is being listed as questionable to play against the Celtics on Tuesday.

    Nunn missed Monday's game as he has dealt with the soreness throughout the season. If Nunn can't go, Goran Dragic would again be in line for the start, while Tyler Herro would get extra minutes off the bench.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kevin Porter Jr.
    SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Porter Jr. (right ankle sprain) is being listed as questionable to play against the Pelicans on Tuesday.

    Porter Jr. returned to action on Monday after a multi-week absence, and the team may exercise caution on the back end of a back-to-back set. If Porter can go, he may slide into the starting SG, with Darius Garland (rest) out and Collin Sexton sliding over to PG. Keep an eye on this situation as we approach tip-off.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Darius Garland
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Darius Garland (rest) is being listed as out for Tuesday's matchup with the Pelicans.

    With Garland sitting out on the second half of a back-to-back there will be more minutes to go around for Collin Sexton, Dante Exum, Matthew Dellavedova, and Kevin Porter Jr. (questionable). Sexton will likely slide over to PG, while Porter would be a very interesting streamer if he hadn't only returned from a multi-week absence on Monday.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • George Hill
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    George Hill (left hamstring strain) is being listed as available for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

    Hill is in line for extra minutes in this one as the Bucks shift their rotation in the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo (shoulder). He's more of a deeper-league streamer than a standard league asset.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (right shoulder soreness) is being listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

    With the reigning NBA-MVP sitting this one out, there will be more usage to go around for everyone, with Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe coming to mind first. Ersan Ilyasova is likely to slide into the starting lineup while Donte DiVincenzo will pick up additional minutes as well.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Ricky Rubio
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Ricky Rubio (right ankle) has been upgraded to probable to play against the Mavs on Tuesday following shootaround.

    A few moments ago, coach Monty Williams wasn't sure if Rubio would be able to play, but it seems as though his ankle responded well during the teams' shootaround. This is a situation to monitor in case the team changes their tune and decides to give Rubio a rest day as we approach tip-off, but for now, he looks good-to-go.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter