Wednesday nights 108-99 win over the Suns in Phoenix was probably the Sacramento Kings best win over the course of this four-game win streak they’re still riding. The Kings came into Phoenix on the second night of a back-to-back, the Suns were well rested, they needed a win to keep their playoffs hopes alive, and the Kings really controlled that game for 48 minutes.
The Suns went on a few runs here and there, but every time they shrunk the deficit to single digits, the Kings pushed back and went on a run of their own. It’s was impressive.
The Kings got solid production from their bench unit, which has sort of become a trend during this recent stretch of solid play. With
producing, you can see the framework of a solid bench unit there. George Karl’s ability to get something out of those guys might be the best thing he’s accomplished since he was hired over the All-Star break.
You can find our full recap of Wednesday nights win over the Suns here.
The Kings are in New Orleans tonight to face a Pelicans team that desperately needs a win to remain in contention for the eight seed in the Western Conference. If the Kings wanted to play spoil, back-to-back wins over two eight seed contenders is one way to do it.
The Pelicans will come into tonight’s game losers of four-straight. It’s pretty clear that Anthony Davis is banged up right now, but he’s expected to play.
The Pelicans will be without both Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson, and while I would never wish injury upon anyone, Anderson is a notorious Kings killer and his absence tonight will be felt on the court.
Cousins spent the first month of the season as a legitimate MVP candidate, and Davis has been an MVP contender all season. Davis could actually get it if the Pelicans find a way to sneak into the playoffs. A win tonight would help that cause.
I like the way this Kings team is playing right now. I’m looking forward to their games again. It’s a great feeling.
Can the Kings win their fifth in a row? This may be their toughest test yet. Stay tuned.
As always, check back in to A Royal Pain after tonights game for our postgame coverage.
Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Where: Smoothie Kings Center – New Orleans, LA
When: 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM EST
Broadcast: Comcast Sportsnet California
Radio: KHTK Sports 1140 AM
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