Sacramento Kings vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game 34 preview

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 06: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives past JaKarr Sampson #29 of the Sacramento Kings during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on December 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 101-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 06: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives past JaKarr Sampson #29 of the Sacramento Kings during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on December 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 101-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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The Sacramento Kings return home to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 27 in a regular season game.  This article previews that game from a Kings’ perspective.

The Sacramento Kings host the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.  The Kings begin a six-game homestand this evening that concludes on Jan. 8.  It is also the second of a back-to-back for Sacramento.  That should give the Cavs and LeBron a healthy advantage.

On Dec. 26, the Kings battled the LA Clippers inside Staples Center.  The Clippers rode a 41 point second quarter to a 122-95 victory on Tuesday.  It was a rough night for Sacramento, but below is a highlight of the 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 Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec 27.

Defending the King

LeBron James needs no introduction.  The King has dominated the Kings during his career.  In the most recent meeting, James dropped 32 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, two blocks, three 3-pointers made, and seven turnovers on Sacramento on Dec. 6.  The Cavs walked away with a 101-95 victory in that game.

The Kings lack a player who can matchup one on one against James.  Nobody has the size and speed combo King James possesses.  Sacramento needs to find a way to slow him down to win this game.  I suspect Garrett Temple and Bogdan Bogdanovic draw the assignment tonight and it likely ends with James scoring 30 points with nearly a triple-double.  Keep an eye on the King versus the Kings in this contest.

Possible return of IT

Former Sacramento King Isaiah Thomas is nearing a return from a hip injury that has kept him out all season.  Thomas dunked in practice recently and could make his Cavs debut against the former team this evening.  Be on the lookout for the pregame update on Thomas’ status.

Final thoughts

There you have it, a brief preview of tonight’s game between the Sacramento Kings and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  It is the second of a back-to-back for the Kings, and that could cause chaos.  Sacramento is without De’Aaron Fox, and more players could become unavailable closer to tipoff, so stay tuned.  Please tune in and enjoy King James only visit to Sacramento this season.

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