• The Sacramento Kings will look for their third straight win Friday night against the Houston Rockets at the Golden 1 Center.  This will be the final game of the team’s current home stand.

    The Rockets have been revived under new head coach Mike D’Antoni, and are a much more dangerous team than what Kings fans saw last season.  James Harden has had some spectacular performances this season, and has been surrounded by more complimentary players offensively this year.  Much like Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the key tonight will be containing Harden as much as possible.

    Here are some notes heading into the game:

    • The Rockets are very dangerous offensively, and are capable of putting up points in a hurry without any warning.  It will be important for the team to remember that no lead is truly safe, and make sure that they don’t let the game get out of hand early.
    • Wednesday night was likely the best performance of the season for Sacramento, and the rotations used appeared to work very well for the team. There has been a fair amount of inconsistency to this point, so it will be interesting to see if Dave Joerger sticks to what worked so well against Oklahoma City.
    • Garrett Temple is emerging as the best perimeter defender on the team, and is slowing getting more time on the floor.  With the King’s struggles defending the perimeter, his defensive intensity and positional versatility is a breath of fresh air, and should be a major asset moving forward.

    A victory would put the team in a great position heading into their six game road trip.  Houston is a fairly tough opponent, but Sacramento has beaten other talented teams and should have enough to come out with the win.

     

     

     

Fantasy News

  • Wenyen Gabriel
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings have recalled Wenyen Gabriel from Stockton of the G League.

    Gabriel last played in the NBA on November 22, scoring five points and blocking a shot in eight minutes. He's mostly depth at this point.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet (right knee contusion) continues to be considered questionable for Wednesday's game.

    VanVleet got injured on Sunday and was unable to play on Monday. Norman Powell scored 17 points in his absence and would presumably start again if needed.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Eric Paschall
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Eric Paschall (sore left hip) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game.

    Paschall told reporters that he believes he can play. If not, Omari Spellman is in line for more minutes.

    Source: Logan Murdock on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (abdomen, thumb, tailbone, illness) is listed as available for Wednesday game.

    That's a long list of issues, but he'll play through them. Carter is a consistent rebounder and is shooting 56.8 percent from the field.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Ryan Arcidiacono
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Ryan Arcidiacono (right elbow sprain) is listed as available for Wednesday's game.

    He has been dealing with this ailment for a couple of weeks. Arcidiacono is not worth owning in fantasy.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Coby White
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Coby White (left hamstring tightness) will be available for Wednesday's game.

    White went 0-for-7 from the floor on Monday against the Raptors. Against the Hawks, he'll look to improve upon his 35.8 percent shooting so far this season.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Zach LaVine
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Zach LaVine (strained right shoulder) will play on Wednesday.

    LaVine has struggled offensively of late, but the Bulls will be happy to have him in the lineup. He has averaged 22.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists this season.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Daniel Gafford
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Daniel Gafford (left finger sprain) is listed as available for Wednesday's game.

    Gafford mostly gets bench minutes when Wendell Carter Jr. is resting. He scored 14 points on Monday but is rarely that productive.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Cristiano Felicio
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Cristiano Felicio (right wrist fracture) will miss Wednesday's game.

    Felicio hasn't yet played in 2019-20 and he was just a role player last season. It does seem like he's getting closer to action, though.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Wayne Ellington
    SG, New York Knicks

    Wayne Ellington (sore left Achilles) will be unavailable on Wednesday.

    Ellington missed Saturday's game as well. He hasn't made a huge impact this season, but Allonzo Trier could see some more action for now.

    Source: NBA Injury Report