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A pair of Pacific Division teams take the floor in the capital city of California looking to improve their position in the crowded Western Conference playoff race. The Phoenix Suns are on the road as they make the trip to face the Sacramento Kings Sunday evening. Phoenix fell 117-107 at home to Golden State in another Pacific Division clash Friday night. Sacramento rallied to knock off Miami 102-96 at home Friday night. The Suns lead the all-time regular season series 135-93. This season, the teams split two meetings with the Suns taking a 115-111 home win in the last matchup January 8.
Phoenix Suns Hoping to Snap Skid
Phoenix dropped their 13th straight game as they were upended at home by Golden State in their last contest. The Suns are in the basement of the Western Conference, 19.5 games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot. Phoenix led by five after the opening quarter, trailed by seven at the half and led by three after three quarters. The Suns led 94-90 with 8:07 to play before giving up an 11-0 run: they didn’t get closer than three after that. Phoenix shot 38.6 percent from the field, including six of 31 from three-point range, and allowed Golden State to shoot 50.6 percent from the field. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Suns with 25 points and 12 rebounds off the bench in the loss.
The Suns are 24th in the league in scoring with an average of 105.9 points per game. The Suns are 30thon the glass by collecting 39.9 boards per game. Phoenix stands 17th in the league in assists with 23.8 per contest. Phoenix is 28th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 115.8 points a night. Devin Booker leads the team with 24.9 points and 6.7 assists per game. Rookie Deandre Ayton is contributing 16.5 points plus 10.6 rebounds a night while T.J. Warren chips in 18 points per game. Kelly Oubre Jr. (14 points, 4.5 rebounds), Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges, Tyler Johnson (10.7 points), Jamal Crawford and Elie Okobo are important pieces of the rotation for the Suns if they hope to have success. The Suns are 17thin the league in field goal percentage at 45.8 percent so far. The Suns are 25th in three pointers per game with 9.6 per contest. Phoenix is 30th in three-point percentage as they splash 32.9 percent of their chances from long range.
Sacramento Kings Try to Gain Ground in Playoff Picture
Sacramento won for the fourth time in their last five games as they rallied to down Miami. The Kings entered Saturday ninth in the Western Conference, half a game behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot. Sacramento was down 11 after the opening quarter, by nine at the half and by eight after three quarters. The Kings outscored the Heat 27-13 in the fourth quarter, including 15-2 over the final 5:41, to earn the victory. Sacramento shot 41.1 percent from the field, including nine of 26 from three-point range, and forced 18 turnovers in the win. Buddy Hield led the Kings with 23 points and seven rebounds in the win.
The Kings have been solid on the offensive end of the floor this season. Sacramento is 10th in the league in scoring with 113.3 points per game and 19th in rebounding with 45 boards per contest. The Kings are 9th with 25.6 assists a night. Sacramento has been below average defensively, ranking 26th by allowing 114.7 points per game. De’Aaron Fox is the floor general of the Kings: he averages 17.2 points plus 7.1 assists per contest. Buddy Hield chips in a team-leading 20.5 points per game, Willie Cauley-Stein adds 12.8 points plus 8.5 rebounds a night, Marvin Bagley III is good for 12.9 points plus seven boards a game and Nemanja Bjelica contributes 9.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. Alec Burks (10.5 points), Harrison Barnes (17.6 points), Bogdan Bogdanovic (14.8 points), Frank Mason III, Yogi Ferrell and Harry Giles are all key players for coach Dave Joerger. Sacramento is 12th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.6 percent from the floor. The Kings stand tied for 9th in the league with 11.5 three pointers per game and currently are 4th in three-point shooting at 38 percent from beyond the arc.
- Kings are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- Kings are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games
- Kings are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- Suns are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Suns are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS wi