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Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings
NBA: Tuesday, November 19, Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California, 10:00 PM ET
After a rough start and five straight losses to open the season, the Sacramento Kings are slowly building up their form. They have won five of their last seven games overall including a 100-99 victory to the Boston Celtics this past Sunday. The Kings put an end to the Celtics’ 10-game winning streak and bounced back from a narrow 99-97 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Sacramento and Phoenix will meet each other for the second time this season. The Suns thrashed off the Kings 124-95 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix in their opening games of the season. Now, the Suns will try to record their first win at Golden 1 Center since 2017.
The Suns finish a six-game homestand on Monday nightLast night, the Suns played well for a quarter and a half. They scored only two points in the last five minutes of the second quarter and allowed the Celtics to build a 15-point lead. The second half was pretty much a one-way street, as the Celtics convincingly hold their lead. They outrebounded the Suns (59-49) in a clash where both teams shot poorly and had five steals more than Phoenix (12-7). Only two Suns players scored in double figures. Devin Booker had 20 points and four assists, while Kelly Oubre Jr. added 15 points and six rebounds. Phoenix missed its starting PG Ricky Rubio due to back spasms.
"We haven't had 20-point quarters all year, we had two tonight. It's a great learning experience for us," Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. "We have an identity and one of those components is sharing the ball. When we move the ball and have player movement, we're pretty good."
It's still unclear whether Ricky Rubio will get back on the court against the Kings. He’s a big part of Phoenix’s offense, averaging 13.6 points, 8.7 assists, and 6.3 rebounds per game. Devin Booker is tallying 25.0 points and 5.8 dimes per outing, while Kelly Oubre Jr. is adding 16.8 points and 5.5 rebounds a night. The Suns are scoring 111.6 points per 100 possessions (5th in the league), surrendering 104.9 points in a return (12th).
The Kings fully deserved their victory over BostonJust two days after a disappointing loss at the Lakers, the Kings found a way to bounce back and beat the red-hot Boston Celtics. It was a great game between two talented teams, and the Kings played tough defense down the stretch to earn a well-deserved victory. Richaun Holmes made a couple of free throws with 13.3 seconds left on the clock to lift his team over the Celtics, but Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic were true heroes. Hield accounted for 35 points on 7-for-12 shooting from beyond the arc, while Bogdanovic posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists.
"Buddy obviously was spectacular,'' Kings coach Luke Walton said. "We all know he can score, and he's going to have nights like this. But I thought he was so committed to the team winning. The way he was defending, just his all-around game.''
Buddy Hield is leading the way for the Kings, averaging 19.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while making 40.5% of his 3-pointers. Since De’Aaron Fox’s injury, Bogdan Bogdanovic has been terrific, posting ten assists in two of his last three outings. Fox, who’s averaging 18.2 points and 7.0 assists per game this season, will be sidelined for at least a few weeks, as well as Marvin Bagley who’s played only one game thus far. The Kings are scoring 106.7 points per 100 possessions (20th in the league), surrendering 110.7 in a return (21st).
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are: Phoenix: • 4-8 ATS in the last 12 road games against the Pacific Division • 3-6 ATS in the last nine road games against Sacramento • 2-8 ATS in the last ten games played on Tuesday
Sacramento: • 6-0 ATS in the last six outings following an ATS win • 7-0 ATS in the last seven games overall • 4-0 ATS in the last four games playing on one day rest
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Suns had huge problems at PG last season, and that issue was back against the Celtics without Ricky Rubio in the lineup. They already miss Deandre Ayton due to a suspension, so the Suns’ offense could struggle once more if Rubio stays on the sidelines. On the other side, the Kings also miss their starting PG, De’Aaron Fox, but they have a quality backup option in Bogdan Bogdanovic who’s been playing very well lately. The Kings are improving at the moment, proving that against the Celtics, while it seems like the Suns’ for is declining. Give me the hosts and points.
Prediction: Sacramento Kings -1.5 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
The Kings have changed their identity, switching from a run-and-gun to a half-court basketball. They are averaging 97.9 possessions per 48 minutes which are the 2nd-slowest pace in the league. On the other side, the Suns love to push the ball in transition, recording 104.4 possessions per 48 minutes which are the 7th-fastest pace in the NBA. However, the Suns have problems to play fast and still score when Rubio is sidelined. Likewise, the Kings’ defense has improved over their last few outings. They played excellent D against Boston and will be fired up to replicate it against the division rival. The under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the Suns and Kings, and it is 5-2 in the previous seven encounters in Sacramento.
Prediction: Under 220.5 points (-110)