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2021-01-14
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
League : NBA

Sacramento Kings vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction & Preview



 

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This NBA season has been great, we haven’t seen too many COVID-19 complications which have been nice. There have been some issues, but overall the NBA has done an amazing job at keeping everyone safe. This season has also provided some great matchups and some big surprises. Portland started off kind of slow, but they are in a groove now. Sacramento on the other hand looks like they are finally taking a step forward. While they are just below .500 they are still playing impressively. These teams just played on Saturday when Portland won 125-99.

 

This game will have some key injuries. Portland will be without PF Zach Collins who is out indefinitely with an ankle injury, and they will also potentially be missing C Jusuf Nurkic who is questionable with a quadricep-related injury. Sacramento will be without SG DaQuan Jeffries who is out indefinitely with a back injury.

Portland Will Look to Continue Their Winning-Streak

Portland had an average start to the season. They seemed off, they weren’t making shots and just couldn’t seem to play defense that well. I will say they have turned it around and are currently on a three-game winning streak which includes a blowout win over Sacramento. Portland has caught fire and is playing really well, and while these streaks come and go in the NBA I see this one lasting a little longer. Portland is currently scoring 117.30 PPG (4th) while shooting a decent 38.06% from beyond the arc (8th).

 

Portland has struggled on defense so far this season. While they have been playing better as of late it is still a concern moving forward. Also, considering they will be without their big man Nurkic guarding the paint that will hurt their defense as well, luckily they can rely on Enes Kanter to pick up the slack, but Nurkic will be missed overall. Portland is currently allowing opponents to score a high 115.40 PPG (25th) while allowing 46.15% shooting from the floor (18th).

Sacramento Will Look to Even the Season Series in This One

I have to take a moment to say I have loved this step forward Sacramento has taken this season. This young squad is finding their rhythm and are playing well. While they are sitting below .500 at 5-6 I still think they are playing well. I will say this offense has been fun to watch, and since Portland will be without Nurkic in this one I see them having a slightly better day than last time out. Sacramento is currently scoring 113.73 PPG (10th) while shooting 46.70% shooting from the floor (14th).

 

One thing that is still holding back Sacramento though is their lack of defense. Every step this squad has taken forward this season it feels like they have taken one step back on defense. I mean they are one of the overall worst defenses in the league which is the main reason they are below .500. This team really needs to step it up on defense if they have any hope of making the playoffs in a crowded Western Conference. Sacramento currently allows opponents to score 121.09 PPG (29th) while allowing a league-worst 49.56% from the floor (30th).




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