When and where: March 23, 2019, Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA, 10:00 PM ET
The Sacramento Kings will be looking to hand the Phoenix Suns a third consecutive loss on Saturday night in Western Conference NBA action. Since upsetting the Golden State Warriors, the Suns have lost four of their last five games, including Thursday’s blowout loss at home to the Detroit Pistons. Meanwhile, the Kings enjoyed a bounce-back win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Suns get crushed by the Pistons
After getting embarrassed by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Pistons came into Thursday night’s game against the Sunsangry. The return of star forward Blake Griffin, along with the boost in contributions from the bench, made it a long night for the Suns, who entered the game with the second-worst defensive efficiency rating in the NBA.
It’s a bad night when a team like the Pistons knocks down 17 3-pointers and scores 118 points. The Suns had no answer on a night where Kelly Oubre was watching from the sidelines and Josh Jackson suffered an ankle injury. As a whole, the team shot a combined 7-of-26 from 3-pointer, and they were minus-18 rebounding. They were also outscored 31-18 in the fourth quarter.
Star guard Devin Booker did his usual duty of leading the team with 26 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals, while center Deandre Ayton finished the game with 20 points and eight rebounds in the 118-98 loss.
Kings respond positively after loss
The Kings could have easily come back out onto their home floor and laid another egg in Thursday night’s game against the Mavericks. It wouldn’t have been out of character for such a young team still reeling from blowing a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter on Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets.
Yet, there was no criticism or finger-pointing when the young group stepped back onto the hardwood. They accepted the criticism full-heartedly and responded emphatically against the struggling Mavericks. Despite the Mavericks limiting star forward Luka Doncic’s minutes, the Kings did manage to frustrate him in the entire 26 minutes he was on the floor, holding him to 4-of-19 shooting and 2-of-10 from 3-pointer.
On the offensive end of the floor, the team shot a combined 47.1 field goal percentage, including going 13-of-35 from 3-pointer. They were also plus-10 in rebounds, which wasn’t surprising given the Mavericks’ struggles in the paint area without DeAndre Jordan.
Buddy Hield netted a team-high 29 points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals in the 116-100 victory. Marvin Bagley III came off the bench for 22 points and 12 rebounds, while center Willie Cauley-Stein was a monster in the paint with 10 points and 18 rebounds.
- Kings are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 home games against teams with a losing road record
- Kings are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games against teams with a winning % below .400
- Kings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against teams in the Western Conference
- Kings are 39-19-1 ATS in their last 59 games playing on 1 days rest
- Suns are 10-23 ATS in their last 33 games against teams in the NBA Pacific
- Suns are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games after a double-digit loss at home
- Suns are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 head-to-head meetings in Sacramento