Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns – NBA April 15

Kings (22-33, 10-17 road) at Suns (39-15, 22-8 home)

  • Time: 7PM PST – 9PM CST – 10PM EST
  • Place: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, AZ
  • TV: NBC Sports California | Bally Sports Arizona-Plus | NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

The return of winning basketball to the Valley of the Sun has been a welcomed luxury as has the point guard play of superstar Chris Paul.

The Suns are blazing right now as they have won three in a row and 10 out of 11 to put some heat on the Western Conference leading Utah Jazz as the Suns have pulled to within 1.5 games of Utah.

Sacramento seems to never play up to the talent that is assumed on it’s roster as the Kings now sit in 12th in the West as they have five games to make up on 10-seed San Antonio. It’s highly unlikely which will cast the Kings back in the Draft Lottery as SacTown has missed the playoffs some 15 years in a row.

The Kings have lost eight in a row which spans back to a win over San Antonio on March 29.

Key Injuries

  • Sacramento KingsMarvin Bagley (hand), Richaun Holmes (hamstring) – OUT
  • Phoenix SunsAbdel Nader (knee) – OUT

Vs. The Spread

Kings (20-30 ATS):

  • Sacramento is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the Kings’ last 5 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 4 of the last 5 games between the Kings and Suns

Suns (26-24-1 ATS):

  • The OVER has been the call in 7 of the Suns’ last 9 games
  • Phoenix is 9-0 SU in their last 9 home games
  • The total has gone over in 4 of the Suns’ last 5 games vs. the Western Conference

Last Time Out

The Kings fell to Washington, 123-11, on Tuesday night as Russel Westbrook and Bradley Beal combined for 56 points (25/31) in the win. De’Aaron Fox lead the Kings with 33 points. The Kings once again had major problems on defense as the Wizards shot 52.7 percent from the field.

The Suns got a whopping 65 points off the bench as they rolled to a 106-86 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Deandre Ayton led the Suns’ attack with 19 points and 13 boards. Cam Payne led the bench assault with 14 points and seven assists as Torrey Craig also tallied 14.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Kings +12.5 (-110) +650 O 234.5 (-110)
Suns -12.5 (-110) -900 U 234.5 (-110)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

Advantage, Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings LogoThe Kings allow a league-high 44 made field goals per game, so they have to speed the game with Fox which will play into the hands of the Suns. Fox is averaging a career high 25.1 points per game and has averaged 35.3 points in his last three games while knocking down 39-of-78 shots, including 10 threes. Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes continue to be Fox’s wingmen inside an attack that still doesn’t have a solid post presence.

Key Kings Stat:

The Kings’ defensive woes are legendary in that they continue to give up a league worst 48.9 percent from the floor. The Pelicans and Wizards have shot a combined 53 percent in the last two games as the combination of the lack of physicality and general athleticism in the paint attribute to this total. The defensive rebound percentage of 75.3 percent is last in the league as well.

Kings Fact:

Barnes has averaged 15.8 points over his last five games and he has tried to aid the Kings rebounding woes with 8.0 per game in that stretch. He and rookie Tyrese Haliburton have similar styles of games as Haliburton strung together eight straight double figures games a few weeks ago, but has had five of eight-under 10 points since then. It’s a long season as the Iowa State rookie can attest here near the end of the 20-21 campaign.

Advantage, Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns LogoThe nine-game Suns home winning streak is the longest since they put 19 together in 2009. The backcourt play of Chris Paul and Devin Booker is a problem for anyone in the NBA on both ends of the floor. The Suns’ defense has been a huge reason this team is playing at a high level throughout the year. DeAndre Ayton in the middle has become one of the best defending big men in the NBA with his length.

The Suns are 28th in offensive rebounds but that number is a misnomer because they are second in the league in field goal percentage at 48.9 percent. Ayton is averaging 10.8 rebounds per outing and picks up 7.5 on the defensive end of the floor.

Key Suns Stat:

Phoenix made 25 threes on 45 attempts on Monday in the win over Phoenix to set a franchise record that eclipsed the 24 of a year ago against Memphis. They tied an NBA mark for most threes in a half (18) and broke the league record for most triples in the second quarter (12).

Suns Fact:

The Suns are 31-7 over their last 38 games which leads the NBA over that span and the 72.2 percent winning percentage is a 25.6 percent improvement over last season’s 46.6 percent ledger. Phoenix is fifth in the NBA in defensive rating as it allows only 108 points per 100 possessions. The franchise has not finished in the top 10 in defensive rating in 20 years.

Winner: Suns (-12.5) 125, Kings 111

The Bets
Phoenix Suns -12.5
-110
Phoenix Suns
-900
OVER 234.5
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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