Sacramento Kings at LA Clippers game 33 preview

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 12: George Hill /

The Sacramento Kings travel to face the LA Clippers on Dec. 26 in a regular season game.  This article previews that game from a Kings’ perspective.

The Sacramento Kings face a lone road tilt in Los Angeles against the LA Clippers tonight.  The Kings begin a six-game homestand tomorrow against LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Last time out, Sacramento hosted the San Antonio Spurs.  The Spurs took over the Golden 1 Center led by a 29 point LaMarcus Aldridge performance in route to a 108-99 victory on Saturday.  Below is a highlight video of that game.

Without further ado, here is the top thing to watch for tonight and some final thoughts on the contest between the Sacramento Kings and the LA Clippers on Dec 26.

Hill vs. Rivers

Sadly it is not a battle of natural structures, but of two hot NBA veterans.  George Hill has stepped up with De’Aaron Fox sidelined and taken on more of a playmaking role.  In Hill’s last five games (he missed the Dec. 19 game against Philly with a personal issue), he is averaging 15.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 3.0 3-pointers made and 2.6 turnovers per game in 32.0 minutes a night.  Austin Rivers is on a similar run in his last four games including scoring 36 and 38 points in his previous two contests.  He is the de-facto number one scoring options with the Clippers ripped apart by injuries (more on that in a minute).  Expect to see Hill and Rivers guarding each other plenty tonight, and it could be a back and forth battle that goes a long way in deciding which team walks away victorious.

Final thoughts

There you have it, a short game preview of the Dec. 26 contest between the Sacramento Kings and the LA Clippers.  The game is significantly affected by injuries.  The Clippers are without Blake Griffin, Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverly, and Wesley Johnson tonight.  That is three opening night starters and a rotation piece.  Sacramento has Fox out and Vince Carter questionable with a rib injury.  The Kings appear to have the injury advantage tonight.  Hopefully, that turns into a victory on the scoreboard as well.  Please tune in and enjoy the game.

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