The Charlotte Hornets and Sacramento Kings will wrap up the NBA card on Sunday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. There is an elite matchup in the afternoon between the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks, but going to take a pass on that matchup and just be a spectator. I could make a strong argument for both sides, which is when you have to opt to look elsewhere. The Hornets and Kings don’t sound like the best matchup on paper, but this should make for an entertaining contest.
The Hornets are in the midst of a long road trip, which started in Utah against the Jazz in a 132-110 loss. They were able to respond with an upset over the Phoenix Suns, 124-111, but were smacked by the Golden State Warriors in their latest showing on Friday. Steph Curry and Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Warriors over the Hornets with 29 and 27 points. Lamelo Ball had another productive outing, but his 22 points were not enough to overcome a poor defensive night from the Hornets. Terry Rozier was effective as well with 24 points, while Malik Monk led the team with 25 points.
They slipped to 15-17 on the season with the loss, and still have three games left on this road trip. The Hornets won’t be back home until March 11 against the Detroit Pistons. Fortunately, the schedule gets a lot easier for a few games, but then the Hornets must deal with the Nuggets, Lakers, Clippers, and Spurs all on the road. They will wrap that road trip up against the Houston Rockets following the meeting with the Spurs. In other words, this is a brutal stretch for the Hornets, and it’s highly unlikely we see them at .500 by the end of March.
In any case, the Hornets are in a much better position than they were just a couple of years ago. They are trending in the right direction, and at least have some firepower on their roster. If the right moves are made by the front office, then the Hornets should be seeing the playoffs soon. They have a winnable opportunity on the road against the Kings tonight. The Kings are coming off a 110-107 win over the Detroit Pistons. It was a rare showing of solid defense from the Kings, who have consistently been the worst defense in the NBA this season. They enter Sunday night with a record of 13-20. Head below for our free Hornets vs. Kings pick on February 28, 2021.
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It has been very rare for the Kings to show up and put together a defensive performance this season. The Kings are on pace to have the worst defense in NBA history. If they continue to play like they have been, then the Kings’ defense will go down in infamy. Teams used to play defense in the league, so I don’t know how you can compare this era to seasons of the past, but nevertheless, it’s still a really dark mark on the Kings. The Pistons have been sitting Blake Griffin while they try to find a trade for him. They’ve been awful offensively, but let’s give the Kings some credit in their effort.
Despite holding the Pistons to 107 points, the Kings are still dead last in the NBA with 120.1 points allowed per game. Teams are also shooting 49.1% against the Kings, which is dead last in the league as well. The three ball has been their nemesis, as teams have been piling on points in a hurry from deep. Opponents are connecting at a league-best 40.3% from downtown against the Kings. Home court in Sacramento hasn’t helped either, as the Kings have allowed 121.4 points a game there.
The Kings have managed to find 13 wins this season because of their offense. It isn’t elite, but they have nights where they’ve no doubt looked elite. They’re 11th in the league with 114 points per game, and have been successful from the field with 47.5% shooting. De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield have been a nice 1-2 punch at guard for the Kings. I think they are going to have to get the offense going tonight. The Hornets best asset offensively is shooting the deep ball. They are seventh in the NBA with 38.2% shooting from three.
Fortunately for the Kings, expect them to find room to score against a Charlotte team getting bullied on defense during this road trip. In their previous five outings, they’ve conceded 121 points per game. It’s better than Kings, though, who’ve allowed 124.8 points per game in their last five trips on the floor. That’s with the solid performance against the Pistons included. Look away from this game if you don’t like no defense streetball. With neither side likely interested in defense, a 127-119 or 125-121 final score to put this OVER the total looks correct.