The NBA is set up with a solid night of action on Monday. Nine games are up on the board throughout January 4. One of these matchups will be between the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors. These two teams will look to earn a big win on Monday night as they look to improve their records. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
The Kings have put up a record of 3-3 throughout the early portion of this season, which has them tied for eighth place in the Western Conference. Sacramento will look to bounce back after losing back to back games. The Kings struggled through those last two games, but have a chance to earn a win in this one on January 4.
Golden State has posted a record of 3-3 as well this season, which has them in the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Warriors are coming off a win on January 3 and will look to come out hot in this one. Golden State will look to bounce back in this one after a quick turnaround. The Warriors will look to win their second straight game with a victory in this one.
These two teams have struggled early in this season and are sitting at .500. The Kings and the Warriors will need to do much better as this season goes along if they want to earn playoff spots in the Western Conference. These two teams have a lot of time to turn it around with a big win in this one. I expect both teams to shoot well early on Monday night to earn a win.
The Kings and the Warriors met up three times throughout last season. Golden State hosted the first game of the season on December 15. Willie Cauley-Stein scored 14 points, which was not enough for the Warriors. Bogdan Bogdanovic dropped 25 points off the bench. Buddy Hield scored 19 points to help lead Sacramento to a 100-79 win.
Sacramento hosted the second game of the season series on January 6. Glenn Robinson finished with 16 points, while Omari Spellman dropped 13 points. It was not enough for Golden State though. Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox both finished with 21 points. Harrison Barnes and Trevor Ariza scored 18 points as well as the Kings earned a 111-98 win.
The final game of the season series shifted back to Golden State on February 25. Marquese Chriss scored 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors starting lineup combined for 86 points. Harrison Barned and De’Aaron Fox each scored 21 points. Buddy Hield added 19 points off the bench to help Sacramento sweep the season series with a 112-94 win.
These two teams met up for three games throughout last season and the Kings were able to win all three games. Sacramento held Golden State to less that 100 points in all four games. The Warriors will look to get their offense going in this one though. Golden State is much healthier coming into this game, which should lead to a better matchup on Monday night.
De’Aaron Fox has helped lead the Kings this season. Fox has averaged 21 points and 6 assists per game. Buddy Hield has averaged 17 points per game, while Harrison Barnes is averaging 16.5 points and 8 rebounds per game. Richaun Holmes is averaging 13 points per game and 9.5 rebounds. Marvin Bagley has averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds per game, while Tyrese Haliburton is averaging 10.5 points per game.
Stephen Curry has helped lead Golden State early in this season. Curry is averaging 32.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. Andrew Wiggins has averaged 18 points per game. James Wiseman is averaging 11.5 points per game in his rookie season with the Warriors. Eric Paschall has averaged 10 points per game to help round out the lineup.
These two teams have been led by their leaders this season. Fox and Hield have continued to lead this young Kings team. Curry has stepped up in his return to the Warriors this season after missing out on last season with injury. Curry is coming off a huge performance against the Portland Trail Blazers last night in which he dropped 62 points.
Field Goal Shooting
The Kings have not been great shooting from the field this season. Sacramento has been able to make around 45.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 17th in the league. The Kings are also 17th in the NBA when it comes to three point shooting with a 35.7 percent. Sacramento has made 49.6 percent of their shots in close, which is 25th in the league.
Golden State is not doing so hot when shooting from the field either this season. The Warriors have made 42.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is 29th in the NBA. Golden State has made around 31.7 percent of their shots behind the arc, which is 27th in the league. The Warriors have not done any better inside the arc and will need to turn that around if they want a win in this one.
Neither team has been great when it comes to shooting this season. Sacramento has been strong defending the three point line, holding opposing teams to a 32.9 percent shooting percentage. If the Kings can keep Curry and the Warriors quiet from deep, it could give them a big advantage coming into this matchup.
Both teams are coming into this one with the same record, but I believe that Sacramento is the better team. The Kings have a wider spread of players scoring this season, while the Warriors have relied heavily on Curry to carry them. If Sacramento can shut him down in this one, it will give them a big edge. Curry is coming off a big night last night and I believe that might limit his minutes in this one as well.
BetOnline has the Kings listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a small edge to Sacramento on the road for Monday nights matchup. I agree with this line as the Warriors are coming off a game a night ago. The Kings are coming off back to back losses to the Houston Rockets and I think they will come out hot in this one to stop that losing streak. I like Sacramento to keep up their winning streak against Golden State with a win in this one.