Cleveland Cavaliers at Sacramento Kings Preview
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings will both end their seasons after the next four games and both have been eliminated from playoff contention, but they seem to be in completely opposite places, as the Cavs seem to be completely in tank mode to try to be in line for the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Kings, while out of the playoffs, seem to be building up momentum for next season.
The Cavs are 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 19-49 record. They have lost their last six games and are 2-8 in their last 10 games. Sacramento is 38-40. They lost their most recent game and are 5-5 in their last 10.
The last time the Cavs and Kings met was on December 7, as the Kings rolled to a 129-110 victory. De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 30 points and 12 assists, and Jordan Clarkson was Cleveland’s high scorer with 26 points.
Time: 10:00pm ET
Arena: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento CA
Channel: FSO, NBCSCA
Cleveland Cavaliers Starting Lineup
The Cavaliers’ last loss on their six-game skid came on Monday night as they lost to the Western Conference’s 15th placed Phoenix Suns 113-122. Many of Cleveland’s losses have come on the road and they are still in single figures in wins on the road, something head coach Larry Drew says his team needs to work on.
“One thing that I have put an emphasis on with this club is learning how to play on the road,” Drew said. “When you do that, you don’t put yourself into a position like we put ourselves into. But I can’t fault the effort. I can’t fault the fact they kept playing hard. They just came up short.”
The Cavs have made a season of coming up short ever since LeBron James left for Los Angeles in the Summer. They fired head coach Tyronn Lue hoping to right the ship, but that has done nothing for the franchise. The Cavs future, from roster makeup to coaching staff, to the player they draft to try and shore up the talent level, are all still in question.
In the loss to the Suns on Monday, starters Cedi Osman and Larry Nance Jr. both struggles on offense. They were led by rookie Collin Sexton, who finished with 21 points and has looked sharp to close out the season. Jordan Clarkson added 20 off the bench, and Tristan Thompson finished with 15 points. Ante Zizic also had a big night off the bench with 15 points and seven rebounds in just 14 minutes.
Sacramento Kings Starting Lineup
The Kings looked very good in a 113-106 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, but on Tuesday, they were blown out by the Houston Rockets 130-105.
“I just think our energy was bad, that’s all I can say,” Kings guard Buddy Hield said. “They’re a good team, but our energy was bad, and everyone was looking like they wanted the season to be done with. We have to do a better job finishing, closing out and competing.”
Like most teams have struggled with this season, the Kings had trouble containing James Harden, who had 36 points and 10 assists in the game.
The Rockets got a lead early and then closed the fourth quarter outscoring the Kings by 11 points to secure the win.
Sacramento was led by Hield, who had 20 points and seven rebounds. Marvin Bagley III added 19 points and eight rebounds and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 10 points.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Sacramento Kings Betting Odds
The Kings are 9.5-point favorites to win tonight’s game at home. Sacramento is 22-16 at Golden 1 Center and 20-5 as the favorite. The Cavs are 6-23 on the road and 16-56 as the underdog.
The over/under is 228 points and the Sacramento Kings are -500 on the moneyline.
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