It’s an interconference matchup on the shores of Lake Erie. The Sacramento Kings are on the road as they make the trip to face the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night. Sacramento rolled to a 122-105 road win over the Suns in their last contest Tuesday night. Cleveland was trounced 129-105 at home by Golden State in a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals Wednesday night. The Cavaliers have a narrow 59-58 edge in the all-time regular-season series but the teams split two meetings last season with the home team prevailing in both contests. The Kings took a 109-95 win in the last matchup on December 27, 2017.
Sacramento Kings Seek Third Straight Win
Sacramento picked up a second straight win as they cruised to a win over Phoenix on the road. The Kings look to make it three straight wins as they continue a road swing in this contest. Sacramento put this one away early in the contest as they buried Phoenix 36-9 in the opening quarter. The Kings led by 33 after three quarters before the Suns cut the deficit in garbage time. Sacramento shot 53.6 percent from the field and connected on 11 of 24 three point attempts to offset the fact that they missed 11 of 32 free throws. Buddy Hield led the Kings with 20 points in the win. Sacramento is 7-5 ATS on the road this season and the over is 11-1 in those contests.
The Kings have been solid on the offensive end of the floor in the early going this season. Sacramento is 6th in the league in scoring with 114.7 points per game and 16th in rebounding with 45.2 boards per contest. The Kings are 9thwith 24.9 assists a night. Sacramento has been below average defensively, ranking 28th by allowing 116.6 points per game. De’Aaron Fox is the floor general of the Kings: he averages 17.3 points plus 7.5 assists per contest. Buddy Hield chips in a team leading 18.4 points per game, Willie Cauley-Stein adds 14.3 points plus 8.2 rebounds a night, Marvin Bagley III is good for 13 points plus 6.8 boards a game and Nemanja Bjelica contributes 10.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest. Bogdan Bogdanovic (15.4 points), Iman Shumpert, Justin Jackson, Frank Mason III, Yogi Ferrell, Harry Giles and Ben McLemore are all key players for coach Dave Joerger. Sacramento is tied for 5th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.7 percent from the floor. The Kings stand 17th in the league with 10.7 three pointers per game and currently are 2nd in three point shooting at 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Cleveland Cavaliers Shoot for Interconference Win
Cleveland fell for the fifth time in six games as they were unable to maintain their performance after a solid first half. The Cavaliers hope to regroup and get back in the win column here as they host a second straight Pacific Division team. Cleveland turned a six-point first quarter deficit into a six-point halftime lead before things fell apart. The Cavaliers were tied at 73 with five minutes to play in the third quarter but found themselves on the wrong end of a 22-13 run the rest of the quarter to trail by nine. Cleveland never recovered as the Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers shot 43.8 percent from the field and went 11 of 32 from beyond the arc. Collin Sexton led the team with 21 points in the loss. Cleveland is 5-7 ATS on the road this season with the under 7-5 in those games
The Cavaliers are 30th in the league in scoring this season with 102.7 points per game. Cleveland is 20th in rebounding with 43.8 caroms a night while the team stands 30th with 19 assists per contest. The Cavaliers are below average defensively, ranking 18th in scoring defense by allowing 111.2 points per game. Kevin Love leads the Cavaliers with 19 points and 13.5 rebounds per contest. He underwent surgery on his big toe and is expected to be out until mid-January. Cedi Osman contributes 11.5 points plus 5.2 boards, Jordan Clarkson averages 16.3 points and the duo of George Hill (10.8 points) along with Rodney Hood (13.1 points) are putting up double figures a night. Rookie first-round pick Collin Sexton (14.8 points), Tristan Thompson (11.8 points, 11.8 boards), Ante Zizic, Alec Burks, David Nwaba, Sam Dekker and Larry Nance Jr. are key components of the Cavs’ rotation. Cleveland is tied for 25th in the league by shooting 44.1 percent from the field. The Cavaliers are 30th in the league in made threes with 8.3 triples a night while ranking 17th in three-point shooting by shooting 35.1 percent from downtown. Nwaba and Zizic are questionable with knee injuries while Dekker sprained his ankle and is out until at least mid-December.
- Cavaliers are 6-22-1 ATS in their last 29 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Kings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- Kings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up recor