Sacramento Kings at Houston Rockets Preview
The Sacramento Kings’ only chance at making the NBA playoffs is if either the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder go on a historically bad skid to end the season and the Kings pretty much win out. Even if those conditions lined up, the Kings have a challenge ahead tonight as they are on the road against the Houston Rockets, who have already locked up a spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
The Kings are 37-38 on the season and sit in 9th place in the West. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games and lost their most recent game. The Rockets are 48-28 and are fourth in the West. They seem to be in position for a first-round matchup with the Utah Jazz. The Rockets are 7-3 in their last 10 and they are entering tonight’s game off a win.
The Kings and Rockets last met on February 6 in a blowout 127-101 win for Houston. To no surprise, James Harden led the Rockets with 36 points. Buddy Hield led the Kings with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Time: 6:00pm ET
Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Channel: NBCSCA, ATTSN-SW
Sacramento Kings Starting Lineup
After beating the Dallas Mavericks 125-121 on Tuesday, the Kings had a letdown as they lost to a New Orleans Pelicans team without Anthony Davis 118-121.
Kings coach Dave Joerger said his squad may have eased up a bit knowing they wouldn’t have to worry about the Pelicans’ All-Star.
“What can happen is, when you’re a young player and you find out 25 minutes before the game that a team’s best player and an MVP candidate on a perennial basis is not going to play, you relax a little bit,” Joerger said. “I thought we played way too relaxed in the first half.”
Although Davis was out, Julius Randle torched the young Kings for 34 points and 10 rebounds.
The Kings backcourt duo of De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield played well in the loss. Fox had 25 points and 12 assists, while Hield finished with 27. Bogdan Bogdanovic also played well off the bench, scoring 14 points.
Houston Rockets Starting Lineup
Everyone who wanted to know just how good the Houston Rockets can be when they are in sync on both sides of the floor got a good look at that on Thursday night as the Rockets coasted to a big 112-85 win over the Denver Nuggets, who are currently tied for first in the Western Conference with the Golden State Warriors.
Play like that has Rockets players excited about what they can accomplish in the postseason.
“We can go all the way. If we play defense like that we can win a title,” Rockets guard Austin Rivers said. “That’s what we believe around here.”
The Rockers caught fire in the second quarter as they outscored the Nuggets 40-19 and never trailed for the rest of the game. James Harden was Harden-esque with his 38 point performance. Clint Capela added 17 points and 15 rebounds, outrebounding the entire Denver frontcourt. Eric Gordon had 18 points in just 27 minutes and Rivers contributed 15 off the bench.
Sacramento Kings at Houston Rockets Betting Odds
The Rockets are 10-point favorites to win tonight’s game at Toyota Center. Houston is 28-10 at home and 38-20 as the favorite. The Kings are 14-23 on the road and 17-33 as the underdog.
The over/under is 229 points and the Rockets are -550 on the moneyline after opening at -600.
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