Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings NBA Preview 2/2/2022

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Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings NBA Preview 2/2/2022


Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings NBA Preview 2/2/2022


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Amidst a five-game losing streak, the Brooklyn Nets travel across the country to take on the Sacramento Kings from the Golden One Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 10pm EST and will be the first meeting between the two teams this season with the second scheduled for a few weeks from now in Brooklyn. The Nets come in having dropped down to the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference during their recent skid and hold a record of 29-21. They are 17-8 away from Brooklyn this season however so a road game shouldn’t intimidate them much. As for Sacramento, they come in having lost seven straight games themselves and will be looking to halt their losing streak. They are currently 18-34 and sit in the thirteen seed in the Western Conference. They hold a record of 12-16 at home and will be looking to defend home court against their cross-country foes. The Kings have been in the headlines recently for many of their core players being on the trade block, so it remains to be seen just the kind of effort the team shows. Both squads come in with injuries as the Nets will be without Kevin Durant once again as well as Joe Harris and LaMarcus Aldridge while the Kings will be without Marvin Bagley III and guard De’Aaron Fox is listed as questionable. The Nets have the star power in this matchup but in the NBA, any team can win on any given night so it should make for an intriguing game.

How Brooklyn can win: Without Durant, the team will need to rely on their two other star players in Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Both guys are more than capable of leading the Nets to a win in this game, but they need to go out and execute. They will need these two players to have strong games as they look to break their losing streak. Harden is most effective when he is attacking the pained area and drawing fouls. This opens up his outside game as well due to the threat of him driving the ball and potentially kicking it out to open shooters. Harden has averaged 22.9 points, 8 rebounds, and 10.1 assists per game while shooting 41.7 percent from the field. He has helped keep this Nets team alive while it deals with injuries.

In addition, Irving has been effective since he returned to the team. While he still can’t play in their home games due to his Covid vaccine status, in his games he has played on the road, Irving is averaging 24.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game on 49.4 percent shooting. He and Harden make for a lethal duo and should be able to attack the Kings defense with ease.

How Sacramento can win: Sacramento has gone 2-8 over their last ten games averaging 110.5 points per game but have allowed opponents to average 119.1 per game over that run. Against a team like the Nets who have two explosive offensive stars in Harden and Irving, the Kings defense will need to step up big tonight. If they can basically put extra men in the pained area for when Harden drives, it could help them. Their defense is ranked 29th overall so it could be a tall talk to ask but limiting Harden will be the difference in this game.

If the defense can’t slow down the Nets, the offense will need to keep pace. The Kings offense ranks 13th in the NBA overall and will need to show up. If guard De’Aaron Fox can play that could be huge for the Kings as he is their best player and has been the leader of the team. Fox has averaged 21 points a game but has missed the last few games with an injury. If he can’t go again, they’ll need players like guard Tyrese Haliburton and forward Harrison Barnes to take on some of the offensive load. Haliburton has been a solid piece for Sacramento this season, averaging 14.4 points and 7.2 assists per game. He is shooting 42.4 percent from three-point land and will need to keep that average up tonight. Look for the Kings to try and get him some space on the arch so he can have easy shot attempts.

The Spread Via FanDuel:

Moneyline: BKN: (-198) | SAC: (+166)

Spread: BKN: -4.5 (-110) | SAC: +4.5 (-110)

Final Prediction: Brooklyn Nets 120 Sacramento Kings 102

Even if Fox plays for the Kings, the Nets should still win this game. They are the better team and can throw out two All-Star players who can control the flow of the game. Both teams come in with losing streaks so something has to give and I see the road team being the one to break their losing streak.


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