It’s an inter-conference clash in the nation’s capital to start the new week. The Sacramento Kings are on the road again as they take on the Washington Wizards Monday night. Sacramento battled the Knicks on the road Saturday night, falling 118-91 to snap their two game win streak. Washington picked up their second straight win as they downed the Hawks 113-94 at home Saturday evening. The Kings hold a 104-91 advantage in the all-time regular season series but the Wizards have won three straight, including a 110-83 romp on the road in the first matchup this season on October 29.
Sacramento Kings Try to Get Back on Track
Sacramento had won two in a row but things unraveled quickly in the Big Apple as they were trounced by the Knicks. The Kings look to get back on track in the middle game of this three game trip. Sacramento was down nine after the opening quarter and saw that deficit expand to 15 at halftime: things were pretty much out of hand by that point. The Kings shot just 37.5 percent from the field and went 7 of 22 from three point range while allowing the Knicks to shoot 52.2 percent from the floor. Skal Labissiere had 19 points off the bench to lead Sacramento in the loss.
The Kings have struggled on the offensive end of the floor this season. Sacramento is 29th in the league in scoring with 94.8 points per game and 28th in rebounding with 40.8 boards per contest. The Kings are 23rd with 20.3 assists a night. Sacramento has been average defensively, ranking tied for 15th by allowing 105.3 points per game. De’Aaron Fox is second on the Kings with 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Buddy Hield (12.3 points) and Skal Labissiere (8.3 points, 4.4 rebounds) are part of the young wing group for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein (8.6 points, 5.8 boards) is the key man in the low block while Bogdan Bogdanovic and Garrett Temple (8.1 points) provide veteran help in the backcourt. George Hill, Zach Randolph (team high 12.8 points, six rebounds), Vince Carter and Kosta Koufos have to be mentors for the young guys along with Frank Mason III and Justin Jackson. Sacramento is tied for 24thin the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 43.4 percent from the floor. The Kings stand 29th in the league with 7.8 three pointers per game and currently are 14th in three point shooting at 36 percent from beyond the arc.
Washington Wizards Seek Third Straight Victory
Washington has won two straight and three of four as they took care of business against the Hawks at home Saturday. The Wizards have moved into second place in the Southeast Division with the victory. Washington led by seven at the half and nine after three quarters before outscoring Atlanta 37-27 in the fourth to pull away in the game. The Wizards shot a solid 53.8 percent from the floor despite a 7 of 24 showing from three point range. Washington held Atlanta to 41 percent shooting overall and forced 24 turnovers to overcome 23 of their own. Bradley Beal had 19 points to lead Washington in the win.
The Wizards are 2nd in the league in scoring offense with 111.5 points per game. Washington is tied for 17th in the league on the glass with 43 boards per game. The Wizards are 10th with 22.9 assists per game. Washington is 19th in the league as they allow 107.1 points per game on the year. John Wall is second on the team with 20.3 points and 9.7 assists per game. Bradley Beal averages a team-high 24.6 points a game while Otto Porter Jr. (16.9 points, seven boards, 1.91 steals) continues to move along his development curve. Markieff Morris (10.8 points, four boards) and Marcin Gortat (10.6 points, 8.8 rebounds) are the other Washington starters and both are capable scoring options in the low block. Kelly Oubre Jr. along with Jodie Meeks, Mike Scott and Tim Frazier will be looked at to contribute off the pine. Washington is 8th in field goal percentage as the team shoots a collective 47 percent from the floor. The Wizards are 24th in the league with 9.6 triples a night while ranking 11th in three point shooting. Washington hits 36.7 percent from downtown.
- 0-5-1 ATS last 6 after an ATS loss.
- 5-2 ATS last 7 playing on 1 days rest.
Washington has learned from bad losses to Dallas and Phoenix at home. A healthier Markieff Morris also gives them another option in their lineup. The Kings are playing better but the Wizards just owned them last time on the road. Sacramento just doesn’t match up well.