The Kings rank in the top 10 in most offensive categories, including shooting 46.9% from the field, 38.8% beyond the arc, all while averaging just over 115 PPG. Unfortunately, the defense is ranked in the bottom 5, giving up 115.1 PPG. What the Kings have is a team that has dramatically improved over last season. There’s lots of young talent on display, leaving them perhaps only one piece away from competing for a playoff spot. They come into this game having won 4 of its last 5 games, which includes a road win in Detroit two nights ago. Leading scorers Buddy Hield (20.5 PPG), De’Aaron Fox (17.6 PPG) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (15.2 PPG) are all young and hungry with room to improve.
The Brooklyn Nets live and die by the three, ranking in the top 5 in the NBA for both 3-point attempts and makes. In January, the team is playing very good basketball, winning 7 of its 9 games during the month. That includes 5 wins in a row at home. The overriding problem for the Nets is they have enough talent to beat the league’s bottom dwellers, but seldom display the ability to play against teams in the upper echelon. Second leading scorer Caris LeVert remains sidelined with a dislocated foot, putting the scoring pressure on leading scorer D’Angelo Russell (19 PPG) and Spencer Dinwiddie (17.1 PPG). This is a team of greyhounds that can explode on any given night.
Prediction: Both of these teams like to run on offense and are not shy about hoisting up threes. There’s a good chance we won’t see much defense in this game, which makes the over an interesting proposition. Play over (score – Sacramento 122-118)