The Sacramento Kings head to Memphis for a matchup with the Grizzlies tonight. Tip-off is scheduled for 8pm EST from the FedexForum.
The Kings come in with a record of 9-6 and are playing great basketball. Sacramento has won six games in a row and is finally looking like the team that could break their long playoff drought.
Memphis enters this game with a record of 10-7 and could get their star Ja Morant back tonight. He was upgraded to questionable for this game but the team is also likely to play it safe with their point guard. They need him for more lofty goals than beating the Kings on a Tuesday night in November.
beam team in the building.
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) November 22, 2022
How Sacramento can win: The Kings come in averaging 121.4 points per game. Quite the impressive mark as we start to enter this middle part of the season. The Kings are explosive offensivly and will need to keep that up against the Grizzlies tonight.
However, on defense they are giving up 117.5 points on average. Memphis is a team that can shoot the lights out so Sacramento will need to make sure they close out on shooting lanes and get back in transition.
How Memphis can win: Memphis enters this matchup averaging 114.4 points per game and allowing 114 to opponents. That is about evenly matched on both sides of the ball as you can get. Going up against this new sparked Kings squad, Memphis will need to make sure they win the turnover and rebound battle.
The Kings can light it up and especially without Ja Morant possibly in the lineup, Memphis will need others to really step up in his absence.
Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies 113, Sacramento Kings 106
I think the Grizzlies, whether Ja Morant plays or not, should be able to hold off the Kings. Last season they showed that they can still play at a high level without Morant so I expect the trend to continue tonight.