The now Western Conference leading Phoenix Suns travel to Northern California for a matchup with the upstart Kings. Tip-off is scheduled for 10pm EST from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
The Suns enter this game with a record of 13-6 and now find themselves sitting atop the conference. They have won four straight games and six of their last ten overall. After a shaky start, Phoenix has found their groove and looks to be a top team again.
As for the Kings, they enter this game with a record of 10-8 but have won seven of their last ten games. They have dropped two straight and will look to make up some ground here against the Suns.
How Phoenix can win: The Suns offense has been clicking of late and if it can continue, they will have a good shot at winning this game. They are averaging 114.6 points per game and are led by star guard Devin Booker. Booker has been sensational again this season, averaging 27.1 points per game on 46.1 percent shooting from the field. If he can have another strong game tonight, the Kings may be in trouble.
The success that Phoenix has seen of late has been without guard Chris Paul, who is still dealing with an injury. Others have stepped up in his absence and will need to continue as they face off against this young Kings squad.
How Sacramento can win: For the Kings, they need to get back to the basics. After two straight losses, the team needs to regroup and play their style of game. They are an offensive force, averaging 119.1 points per game. They’ll need another offensive explosion as they go against the Suns, who can light it up themselves.
Guard De’Aaron Fox is averaging 25.1 points per game as he continues his impressive start to the season. The Kings will need to make sure they move off screens and disrupt passing lanes against this Phoenix team on defense. If they limit their turnovers as well, they will have a good chance at taking down the Suns today.
Prediction: Phoenix Suns 116, Sacramento Kings 110
I think the Kings can make this a close contest but Phoenix will prevail in the end. They are the better team and will show it in the final minutes of the game.