Sacramento Kings vs Phoenix Suns game 27 preview

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 23: Willie Cauley-Stein
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The Sacramento Kings host the Phoenix Suns in a regular season game on Dec. 12.  This article previews that game from a Kings’ perspective.

The Sacramento Kings host the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, Dec. 12.  The Kings head out on a four-game road trip following tonight’s game.

This contest is the second of four meetings with the Suns this regular season.  The Kings traveled to Phoenix on Oct. 23 and fell 117-115 in a thrilling game.  Below is a highlight video of that game to refresh your memory on the happenings.

Without further ado, here is the top thing I am watching for tonight and some final thoughts on the contest between the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns on Dec 12.

Battle of the big men

The Suns have a five-man rotation in the frontcourt, and the Kings have a plethora of options to use as well.  The Suns have the two youngsters in Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss plus the three centers in Tyson Chandler, Greg Monroe, and Alex Len.  It is always difficult to tell who is going to play what minutes for both teams at the four and five.  I suspect we see a lot of Zach Randolph, Willie Cauley-Stein (expected to return), and Kosta Koufos this evening with Skal Labissiere and potentially others sprinkled in.

If Sacramento can control the paint and win the plus/minus battle of the big men, they should defeat the Suns in this contest.

Final thoughts

The Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns are both teams in the midst of a rebuild.  They both have young rosters and similar records on the season.  The Suns have nine wins with Sacramento only at eight, but the Kings have played two fewer games at this point.  I expect another face-paced exciting game that features plenty of scoring tonight.  Please tune and enjoy the show.

It is worth mentioning, Suns’ star player Devin Booker is out for this game.  Booker injured his groin on Dec. 5 and is expected to miss at least a few weeks.  That injury alone should open the door for a Kings victory this evening.

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