Scary times could be in full effect when the Sacramento Kings head on the road to face the surging Brooklyn Nets. You’d have to go all the way back to February 7 to find the Kings’ last win on an NBA court. They have lost their last seven consecutive games, including Sunday’s 128-115 blowout against the Milwaukee Bucks. Meanwhile, the Nets have cruised through their last six games with Kevin Durant sidelined for most of them.
Losing continues for SacramentoImagine being on a seven-game losing streak and then looking on the schedule to see a road game at Brooklyn next on the itinerary.
When it rains, it pours for the Sacramento Kings. They recently got crushed in a 128-115 loss to the Bucks, and now, they’ll have to try not to get smashed by the emerging Eastern Conference favorites. Even without Kevin Durant on the floor, the combination of Kyrie Irving and James Harden is a nightmare for opposing teams on defense. It will especially be a nightmare to deal with for a Kings team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency.
They know they can’t stop the Nets from going full-blown Harlem Globetrotters in this game. Their only hope is to score enough points to keep pace with them.
Brooklyn still ranks among the league’s worst defensive teams, and the Kings were able to drop 125 points on them in the first meeting between the two teams over a week ago. But Sacramento also gave up 136 points.
Things won’t get any easier with Harrison Barnes still listed as out for this game. De’Aaron Fox has to be special, and it would help if the team got a huge boost from the bench like they did in the first game.
Fear the beard in BrooklynThe Nets already look like a contender, and Kevin Durant hasn’t even been playing.
That one sentence alone is enough to give every NBA coach cold sweats at night. James Harden has brought his elite scoring to Brooklyn, but he has taken things up a notch by becoming a master facilitator as well. The only concern ahead of his arrival was his fit with Kyrie Irving.
Would both players need the ball to be good?
Well, unfortunately for the rest of the NBA, they’ve figured it out. Irving is basically acting as a de facto shooting guard while Harden runs the point. In the last week, they have defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns.
It’s scary times, indeed.
The Nets will head into Tuesday’s game for an encore performance against the same Kings team they dropped the offensive hammer on last Monday. Granted, they will have to take them seriously considering they did give up 125 points in that meeting. They had issues stopping Hassan Whiteside off the bench, and the Kings threw offensive blows like a heavyweight.
However, Brooklyn did hold the Lakers to only 98 points before holding the Clippers to 108 points. Perhaps they were simply more pumped up for those games, but the Nets are clearly a far more dangerous team when they’re playing well defensively. They need to use this game against the fourth-worst team in the Western Conference as a chance to develop some consistency. This is the type of game that can trap up even a team as talented as the Nets.
Along with Durant being out, Jeff Green and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot are both listed as questionable for this game.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Kings are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Kings are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Kings are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Kings are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Nets are 39-19-1 ATS in their last 59 Tuesday games.
- Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Nets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Nets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.