SACRAMENTO – After a big hit from Friday on Friday over the Miami Heat, the Kings have an opportunity to finish their homestand at 5-1 Sunday afternoon. They'll host a Phoenix Sun team that is struggling, but managed to hand over the Kings last time the two teams faced off.
Sacramento trailed by 17 points in the late third quarter against the heat, but stormed back in the fourth and finished game on a 19-2 run. Newcomers Harrison Barnes and Alec Burks made great contributions in their debuts, but it was a team effort that put the Kings on top.
Without any incentive to win, Phoenix has dropped 13 straight and at the bottom of the Western Conference standings at 11-46. They have talent, but so far this season, they haven't figured out how to best utilize their young group of players.
Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California starts at 2:30 pm, with tipoff scheduled for 3:00 pm . All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
Sacramento concludes their pre-All-Star break schedule with a stop in Denver on Wednesday. They'll start the home stretch with three tough road games, beginning on Feb.
Kings by 9.5
PG De'Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Held
SF Harrison Barnes
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein
PG Elie Okobo
SG Devin Booker
SF Mikal Bridges
PF Josh Jackson
C DeAndre Ayton
Kings No injuries to report.
PG Devin Booker (hamstring) probable, SF TJ Warren (ankle) out, PG De'Anthony Melton (ankle) out
Coach Dave Joerger's group is dealing with a flurry of trade deadline deals that reshaped a third of his roster. The team was able to meet and do some light work together on Saturday, but with little time in the schedule, the team will have to integrate the new players on the fly.
Barnes started at the small forward spot in his first game in Sacramento and finished the night with 1
According to Joerger, Corey Brewer, who has a 10-day contract on Friday, is not expected to See rotational minutes, although that could change. The match against Phoenix against a team like Phoenix who has plenty of length and athleticism at the three and the four.
Booker is scheduled to make his return after missing two games with a hamstring issue. The high-scoring guard has made an appearance against Sacramento in the previous three matchups between the teams.
Phoenix made a move at the deadline as well, bringing in a combo-guard Tyler Johnson in a swap with the Heat. Johnson has burned the Kings a few times in his career and can be dangerous if he catches fire from the perimeter.
The Suns come into the game 24th in the league in scoring and 28th in points allowed. They also rank 30th in 3-point percentage, 30th in rebounding and 29th in turnovers per game.