It’s a battle of teams from the opposite coasts out on the west coast. The Boston Celtics are on the road as they continue a road swing out west with a stop against the Sacramento Kings Sunday afternoon. Boston rolls in off a 105-100 road victory over a beaten-up Golden State squad Friday night in their previous contest. Sacramento was edged 99-97 on the road by the Lakers in a Pacific Division tilt on Friday night the last time they took the floor. The Celtics lead the all-time regular season series 185-116 and have taken the last four meetings. In the most recent matchup, Boston picked up a 126-120 home win on March 14, 2019.
Boston Celtics Shoot for 11th Straight TriumphBoston had their hands full with an undermanned but game Golden State team but prevailed on the road for a 10th straight victory. The Celtics entered Saturday holding the top spot in the Atlantic Division by two games over the Raptors. Boston trailed by as many as 15 in the opening quarter and by nine at the end of the stanza. The Celtics rallied to take a one-point halftime lead and were up five after three quarters. Golden State rallied to lead by five in the fourth and held a one-point lead when Jayson Tatum had a dunk off a jump ball with 1:36 to play to give Boston a 98-97 lead. That was part of an 11-0 Boston run to go from down 97-92 to up 103-97: they held on for the win. In the game, the Celtics shot only 40.7 percent from the field, including 13 of 33 from three-point range. Boston did benefit from 20 Golden State turnovers in the contest. Tatum led the way with 24 points for the Celtics in the win.
The Celtics enter this contest ranked 8th in the league in scoring offense with an average of 115.1 points per game this season. Boston is 15th in rebounding by pulling down 46.3 rebounds per contest and stand tied for 11th in assists with 24.6 dimes per game. On the season, Boston is seventh in the league in scoring defense by allowing 106.3 points per contest. The Celtics are led offensively by Kemba Walker, who puts up 24.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game on the year. Jayson Tatum puts up 20.2 points plus 7.6 boards a night while Jaylen Brown (20.4 points, seven rebounds), Gordon Hayward (18.9 points, 7.3 boards) and Marcus Smart (12 points, 4.6 assists) are solid contributors offensively. Enes Kanter has missed seven straight games with a knee bruise he sustained in his team debut. Boston is 18th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 45.3 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Celtics are 9th in three-pointers per game as they drain 13 triples per night while they rank 7th by hitting 37.2 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Hayward fractured his left hand November 9 against the Spurs and is expected to miss four to six weeks after surgery.
Sacramento Kings Look to Bounce BackSacramento went to the wire but ended up falling a bucket short on the road against the Lakers. The Kings entered Saturday fourth in the Pacific Division, 5.5 games behind the Lakers in the standings. Sacramento was up 10 after the opening quarter but saw their lead trimmed to one at the half. The Kings trailed by four after three quarters and were tied in the dying seconds. Sacramento gave up the go-ahead free throws with 5.5 seconds to play and had a chance for the tying bucket blocked with 2.3 seconds to play. The Kings shot 43.9 percent from the field, including 16 of 39 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 18 times. Buddy Hield led Sacramento with 21 points in the loss.
Buddy & Bogi went back-and-forth on Friday night 🔥🎥 pic.twitter.com/gL44Uf6KJ5— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) November 16, 2019
The Kings enter this contest 26th in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 104.8 points per game this season. Sacramento is tied for 27th in rebounding with 42.2 boards per game and 24th in assists by dishing out 21.7 dimes per contest. The Kings are 13th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 109.3 points a night this season. De’Aaron Fox is second on Sacramento with 18.2 points plus seven assists a night on the season. Buddy Hield contributes a team-high 18.5 points a game while Harrison Barnes (15 points, 5.4 rebounds) and Richaun Holmes (10.7 points, 7.4 rebounds) are contributing in the early going. Nemanja Bjelica, Bogdan Bogdanovic (13.7 points), Cory Joseph, Dewayne Dedmon and Trevor Ariza need to put more points on the board to help the team. Marvin Bagley III suffered a fractured thumb in the opener and is expected to be out until late-November. Sacramento is tied for 21st in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 44.3 percent from the floor this season. The Kings are 7th in threes per game as they splash 13.3 triples a night while they are 5th in three-point shooting by connecting on 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. Fox is expected to miss three to four weeks with an ankle sprain.
The top trends for this contest, according to Covers.com:
- Celtics are 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win
- Celtics are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Celtics are 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall
- Kings are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss
- Kings are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600