The NBA will be host to a total of ten games on December 26. After an exciting Christmas Day of NBA action, I expect Wednesday night to keep the ball rolling. To end the night of basketball, the Sacramento Kings will visit the Los Angeles Clippers. Both teams have had solid starts to the new season and will look to keep it going with another win on Wednesday night. The game will be on at 10:30 PM Eastern.
Sacramento has started out the season with a record of 18-15, which has earned them seventh place in the Western Conference standings. The Kings have won two games in a row and three of their last five. Sacramento will look to keep the winning streak going with a road win against Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
The Clippers have gone 19-14 to open up the new season. Los Angeles is currently sitting in fourth place of the Western Conference standings. The Clippers lost their last game in the dying seconds to the Golden State Warriors. Before the loss, Los Angeles had won back to back games. The Clippers will look to bounce back with a win at home on Wednesday night.
Wednesday night’s game will mark the second of four matchups between the Kings and the Clippers this season. Sacramento and Los Angeles will also meet on January 27 and March 1. Both teams have had strong starts to the season and it should lead to an exciting matchup on December 26
The Kings and the Clippers met up a total of four times last season. Los Angeles dominated the season series with a 4-0 sweep. The two games in Sacramento were within six points, but both games in Los Angeles, the Clippers were able to win by 21 points and 27 points. Los Angeles will look to continue to have success against the Kings at home with another win on Wednesday night.
The first game of this season’s series was hosted by Sacramento on November 29. Bogdan Bogdanovic put up a great performance off the bench, scoring 26. Marvin Bagley III had 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench as well. The Kings had a solid night offensively, but they could not slow down the Clippers. Tobias Harris had 28 points, while Montrezl Harrell had 24 points off the bench. Los Angeles was able to get a 133-121 road victory.
The Clippers have been doing really well against the Kings recently, winning six in a row against Sacramento. The Kings are having one of the better seasons in recent memory, which could lead to them competing with Los Angeles. The Clippers will look to keep their game plan working against Sacramento’s defense.
Battle at the Three Point Line
Sacramento has been one of the best teams in the NBA at shooting three pointers this season. The Kings have been able to make 38.7 percent of their three pointers this season. Sacramento’s defense behind the arc has been doing well also. The Kings opponents are making around 34.1 percent of their three point shots.
The Clippers have also been doing well at shooting the three ball this season. Los Angeles has made about 38.6 percent of their three point attempts. The Clippers three point defense has been in the top ten as well. Los Angeles has allowed opposing teams to connect on about 34.4 percent of their three pointers.
Sacramento has a slight edge on both shooting the three ball and defending behind the arc, but these teams are about as close as can be. The Clippers are right behind the Kings, which means that either team could have the better night shooting three pointers. I believe that this matchup will play a key role in deciding the game.
The Kings have been led by their young pair of Guards this season. Buddy Hield has been averaging 20.5 points and 5 rebounds per game. De’Aaron Fox has averaged 18 points and 7.5 assists per game this season. Willie Cauley-Stein has had a good season at the Center spot. He is averaging 14 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season. Bogdan Bogdanovic has been putting up a really solid performance off the bench. He has averaged 15 points per game.
Tobias Harris has had a solid start to the season for Los Angeles. Harris is averaging 21.5 points and 8 rebounds per game this season. Danilo Gallinari has averaged 20 points per game so far this season. The Clippers have gotten a lot of help from their bench this season. Lou Williams has averaged 17.5 points and 5 assists per game. Montrezl Harrell is averaging 15 points and 6.5 rebounds per game off the bench.
Sacramento’s young backcourt will matchup with Patrick Beverly and Avery Bradley, who are both solid defensive guards. Tobias Harris will look to take advantage of his mismatch against the Kings. I believe that Cauley-Stein could take advantage going up against Marcin Gortat at the Center spot.
Both of these teams are sitting at similar spots in the standings this season. The Kings are on a two game winning streak and I believe that they will put up a fight against the Clippers. Sacramento has been just as good as Los Angeles at shooting the three ball. The Kings also have some nice matches against Los Angeles’ lineup. I believe that this will lead to a tightly contested matchup.
BetOnline has the Clippers listed as a -5 ½ against the spread. I believe that Sacramento has a chance to finally end their losing streak against Los Angeles. The Kings are having a solid season and I believe that these two teams’ match up well with each other. If Sacramento cannot pull off the upset, I believe they will at least keep the game close. I am taking the Kings with the points.