Coming off a huge win last night against the Brooklyn Nets, the Sacramento Kings will be going up against the Golden State Warriors on the second leg of a back-to-back. In their two previous meetings this season, the Warriors prevailed over Sacramento and will look to keep up the winning against their Northern California rivals. The Warriors come in with a record of 39-13, good for the second seed in the Western Conference and holds a home record of 24-4. Sacramento sits at 19-34 in the thirteenth seed spot of the Western Conference and holds a road record of 6-18. The Kings in total have lost 12 of 15 games overall but will want to keep the momentum going after their win over Brooklyn. The Warriors have won seven straight games and are trying to keep pace with the first place Phoenix Suns.
How Sacramento can win: Coming off the win against Brooklyn last night, the Kings will look to take down another one of the NBAs best teams. For a team like Sacramento who isn’t that great defensively to hold James Harden to only four points was impressive to say the least and they’ll need to shift their focus over to the Splash Brothers now. It was a total team effort in their win last night as three different players scored at least 18 points and the Kings will need another team effort if they are to take down Golden State. They are still without guard De’Aaron Fox, who is dealing with an injury, and will need to channel more energy in this one. On the second leg of a back-to-back, it can be difficult at times for teams to play hard at all times but against a team that can shoot the ball like the Warriors, the Kings need to be alert.
As a team, Sacramento is 22nd in offensive efficiency and 13th in scoring with 109.3 points per game. They’ll need to kick that up a notch if they want to win tonight so look for them to come out shooting to try and keep up with Golden State. Guard Buddy Hield and Tyrese Hailburton will both need to have strong games again to match the Warriors. If Sacramento can force turnovers and get out into transition for easy shot attempts, they can very much make this an interesting game.
How Golden State can win: The Warriors should be rested coming into this game as Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Otto Porter Jr. all missed their last game but are expected to return to the court tonight. The Warriors still won the game last time out, a testament to their depth and firepower overall. A rested Warriors team is a scary thought for the rest of the league, and they’ll need to shake off any rust if they don’t want to have a letdown game against the Kings. Sacramento showed they can beat a good team in their win over Brooklyn so Golden State will need to make sure to not take them lightly.
Golden State is first in the league in defensive efficiency and second in defensive scoring, only allowing opponents to score 102.5 points per game. They are second in steals and 11th in getting blocks so making sure they come out strong defensively would bode well for the Warriors. Thompson and Curry are going to get their points based off their talent and pure volume of shot attempts but for the Warriors, it is crucial that others step up and score as well. Forward Andrew Wiggins can been a huge piece for Golden State this season, averaging 18.3 points per game leading to his first All-Star Game appearance.
The Spread Via FanDuel:
Moneyline: GS: (-1200) | SAC: (+750)
Spread: GS: -14 (-110) | SAC: +14 (-110)
Final Prediction: Golden State Warriors 116 Sacramento Kings 102
–Golden State comes into this game the more rested and better squad which normally leads to a team wining the game. While Sacramento will fight in this one despite not having De’Aaron Fox available, the Warriors should ultimately win this game. Look for Curry and Golden State to keep their win streak alive as they pick up against win over the Kings at home.