Kings (24-35, 11-18 road) at Warriors (30-30, 18-10 home)
- Time: 7PM PST – 8PM CST – 9PM EST
- Place: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
- TV: NBA-TV | NBC Sports Bay Area | NBC Sports California | NBA League Pass
The Sacramento Kings are, for all practical purposes, out of playoff position as they are sitting 5.5 games back of the 10-seed and they have just lost De’Aaron Fox for 10-14 days due to health and safety protocols.
The Kings have won two out of three after ending a nine-game losing streak with a win over the Mavericks last Saturday.
Golden State bounced back from it’s loss to the Wizards with a 118-97 win over the limping Nuggets. The Warriors have won six out of their last eight and are sitting at the 10-seed but Golden State is one game out of eight and 2.5 back of Portland.
The two teams have split the season series as the Warriors took a 137-106 decision from the Kings in early Jan. while SacTown spanked Golden State 141-119 on March 25 in Golden One Center.
Sacramento has won four out of the last five games in this series.
- Sacramento Kings – Marvin Bagley (hand) – questionable; Richaun Holmes (hamstring) Day to Day, Robert Woodward (lower back), De’Aaron Fox (health and safety protocols) – OUT
- Golden State Warriors – Kent Bazemore (health and safety protocols), Damion Lee (health and safety protocols), Eric Paschall (hip), Klay Thompson (right Achilles), James Wiseman (knee) – OUT
Vs. The Spread
Kings (25-33-1, ATS):
- The Kings are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games
- Sacramento is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. vs. Golden State
- SacTown is also 7-1 ATS in it’s last 8 road games against the Warriors
Warriors (29-31, ATS):
- Golden State is 6-2 ATS in it’s last 8 contests
- The UNDER has been the play in 4 of GSW’s last 5 games
- The OVER has been the play in 6 of the last 9 games between the Kings and Warriors
Last Time Out
De’Aaron Fox had 30 points, five rebounds and seven assists as the Sacramento Kings downed the Minnesota Timberwolves, 128-124 in Sacramento on the second game in three days between the two teams. Buddy Hield made 11-of-16 field goals as he also netted seven threes.
The Warriors blew by the injury-ridden Denver Nuggets, 118-97, on Friday night behind 32 points from Steph Curry and 19 assists and 12 rebounds from Draymond Green. Kelly Oubre, Jr., netted 23 points off the bench for the Warriors.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Kings||+7.5 (-110)||+260||O 231.5 (-110)|
|Warriors||-7.5 (-110)||-320||U 231.5 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Hunting for an advantage is a chore with Fox sidelined and the Kings playing in the late game on the road on a Sunday evening. Rookie Tyrese Haliburton (12.6 ppg) has had a stellar first season and should get the nod on the point as he and Buddy Hield (16.6 ppg) will run things from the backcourt as Sacramento will work to make the three at an even quicker rate with Fox’s playmaking skills on the sideline. Both Hield (38.5%) and Haliburton (41.5%) are efficient from behind the arc as the Kings make 36.4 percent from distance this season (16th/NBA).
Key Kings Stat:
It’s tough to win any accolades in Sacramento as the Kings continue to struggle year after year and have not been in the playoffs since 2007. Haliburton deserves some love though.
Here are Haliburton’s averages and ranks among rookies this season:
Hield has also been one of the top three-ball makers in the NBA as he became the fastest to 1,000 this season in his 350th game, 19 games faster than Steph Curry. He is 54 triples behind Peja Stojakovic for the all-time Sacramento lead in made threes.
Advantage, Golden State
A fast start with no let up will be a key in the Warriors being able to vanquish the keys early. Curry’s greatness of late – see 11 in a row with 20-points plus – and then a major bounce back performance on Thursday gives Golden State hope for this type of beginning. Curry now leads the NBA in scoring with 31.2 points per game as his single season career-best his 30.1 points in 2015-16. At 33, if he finishes as the league’s scoring champion, he would be the oldest since Michael Jordan in 1997-1998.
Key Dubs Stat:
Golden State’s defense has improved steadily over the course of the season which shows the buy-in from the players in coach Steve Kerr and what he and his staff have taught since one of the worst defensive starts in memory. The Warriors were giving up 50.7 percent from the field after the season’s first three games.
Now they hold opponents to 45.4 percent from the field on the season which is 1.2 percent below the league average. They are sixth in defensive rating (109.6) and sixth in steals (8.2).
Kelly Oubre, Jr. (15.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg) is getting back in the groove after missing five games due to injury. Over the last two, he has averaged 23.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds.
Winner: Warriors (-7.5) 122, Kings 111