The Sacramento Kings are in a free fall having lost each of their last seven games including their first two games during a cross-country road trip. The Kings are last in the Pacific Division at 12-18 and were beaten by the Milwaukee Bucks 128-115 on Sunday. Sacramento allows the most points per game in the NBA at 119.6 and its offense that generates 113.8 points, has not been able to keep pace. Glenn Robinson III is questionable for Tuesday while Chimezie Metu is out until mid-March.
Look out NBA, here comes Brooklyn. The Nets have won six straight with their most recent victory 112-108 over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. More impressive is the fact each of the last five wins for Brooklyn have all been during their West Coast Swing including victories over Golden State, Sacramento, Phoenix, and both the LA Lakers and Clippers. Brooklyn has inched closer to first place in the Atlantic Division trailing Philadelphia by just a half-game. Kevin Durant and Iman Shumpert are out indefinitely, while Tyler Johnson is questionable for Tuesday.
Sacramento defense can't stop anyoneSacramento is giving up the most points in the NBA and part of the problem is a lack of rebounding as the Kings are 25th in the NBA averaging 43.1 rebounds per game. The Kings are also allowing opponents to shoot 48.9% overall which is also last in the NBA. The leading rebounder is Richaun Holmes with an average of 7.8 per game but the Kings are grabbing only 32.5 boards off the defensive end in 10.6 off the offensive glass. The Kings defense averages 6.6 steals and 5.1 blocked shots per contest with De’Aaron Fox the leader in steals with an average of 1.3 per game and Holmes the master of blocks with an average of 1.6 blocked shots per game.
At the other end of the court, Sacramento is scoring an average of 113.8 points per game and shooting 47.5% overall and 36.5% from downtown. Fox is the leading scorer for Sacramento with an average of 22.3 points per game and five other players for Sacramento average double figures in scoring. Fox is also the king of dishes, averaging a team-high 7.1 assists per game. Sacramento averages 25.8 assists and 13.4 turnovers per game for a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Brooklyn continues to win even without high scorer Kevin DurantKevin Durant, who is leading Brooklyn in scoring, has not played for the last three due to a hamstring strain yet the Nets continue to win. Behind the play of James Harden and Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn has won each of the last six. The Nets are first in the NBA in scoring with an average of 121.0 points per game. Irving is the leading active scorer with an average of 27.7 points per game but close behind is Harden with an average of 24.9 points per game. Harden is also the assist leader for Brooklyn with an average of 11.4 dishes per game. Brooklyn has one of the best shooting teams in the NBA hitting 50.1% of its shots overall and 40.5% from long range.
On the boards, Brooklyn averages 43.6 rebounds per game with 35.3 on the defensive end and 8.3 per game off the offensive glass. Harden is also the leader in rebounding with an average of 8.3 per game. The Nets are averaging 6.4 steals and 5.6 block shots per contest with Harden the steals leader with an average of 1.2 per game and DeAndre Jordan the king of swat with an average of 1.4 blocked shots per contest. The Nets defense is allowing far too many points at 117.04 per game which is 28th in the NBA.
- Brooklyn is 6-0 ATS in the last six
- The Nets are 10-2 ATS in the last 12 at home against Sacramento
- Sacramento is 0-7 ATS in the last seven
- The Kings are 0-5 ATS in the last five against Brooklyn