The NBA has ten games on the schedule with one cancellation on Wednesday night. Another Washington Wizards game is canned, as their matchup against the Charlotte Hornets will be postponed. They hope to resume practice soon, and prepare for their first game since a 128-107 win over the Phoenix Suns on January 11.
As of Wednesday morning, fortunately there aren’t any other postponements, but of course, that can change in an instant. The Sacramento Kings and LA Clippers will meet at the Staples Center for one of the more exciting matchups this evening. At least on paper, this should be a fairly entertaining contest. The Kings might not be able to hang with the elite teams in the Western Conference, but nevertheless, they’re an entertaining team to watch.
They are 5-9 and have to work on their defense before advancing forward to the next step. Defense has been optional for most NBA teams in this era, but you still have to make a stop here and there, though. The Kings are coming off a 128-123 loss in another defensive failure.
De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, and Marvin Bagley can be exciting players to watch, but with nobody stepping up to play defense, the losses aren’t going to stop. Bagley’s dad was on Twitter demanding a trade, but his son can still win in Sacramento if the defensive woes are addressed. Fundamentals like getting back and playing defense goes a long way.
The Clippers are heating up with four straight wins, which includes a 138-100 win over the Kings on January 15. In their most recent showing, the Clippers looked good in a 126-96 win over the Indiana Pacers. It took the Clippers a minute to find their bearings, but they are heading in a very good direction at the moment. The Kings are likely going to have to fire away and hope for the best tonight. Head below for our free Kings vs. Clippers pick on January 20, 2021.
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In their first meeting this season, the Kings just sat and watched as the Clippers did whatever they wanted against their defense. That’s been a familiar scene for the Kings. It isn’t just the Clippers who have done this against the Kings.
Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, while Paul George put in 26 points to lead the Clippers. When those two are both feeling hot, it’s going to be tough for any team to stop the Clippers, never mind this terrible Kings’ defense. The Kings are 30th in the league with 123.6 points against per game.
I don’t see the Kings’ defensive problems suddenly improving against the Clippers. They found out in the first meeting that they’re going to need to fire away and hope their offense gets hot. The Kings are going to have to turn this into an up and down game, though it’s hard to see them succeeding.
Having said that, it’s hard to see the Kings succeeding by trying to rely on their defense to get them a win because that’s not going to happen. The Kings’ offense can be good, though, so that’s the good news. The Kings are ninth in the league with 114.3 points scored per game.
They’ve scored at least 120 points in five of their last seven outings. Conversely, the Kings have allowed at least 120 points in eight straight games. The fact they’ve won five games with this kind of defense is sort of impressive in a way. I would look at playing the OVER in this matchup between the Kings and Clippers at the Staples Center.