Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs game 39 preview

SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 23: Willie Cauley-Stein
SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 23: Willie Cauley-Stein /

The Sacramento Kings host the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 8 in a regular season game.  This article previews that game from a Kings’ perspective.

The Sacramento Kings play host to the San Antonio Spurs tonight.  The Kings have plenty of advantages in this contest.  The Spurs played on Sunday evening, are without their best player, and have a tendency to rest their veterans in the second of a back-to-back.  Sacramento should be fresh and ready to take advantage as they conclude their six-game homestand.

Last time out, the Kings hosted the Denver Nuggets.  Their defense did a fantastic job guarding Nikola Jokic, and a superb team effort lead to a 106-98 victory on Saturday.  Below is a highlight video of that game.

Without further ado, here is the main thing to watch for and some final thoughts on the contest between the Sacramento Kings and the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 8.

WCS dominates

Willie Cauley-Stein has had an up and down season with the Kings.  Trill should be playing more minutes and building on his semi-breakout he produced last season after the Boogie Cousins trade.  Instead, he is in a logjam of centers with Z-Bo and Kosta Koufos.  It is the same clog that keeps Georgios Papagiannis from ever seeing the NBA court.  Cauley-Stein has played well just he does not always get the minutes he deserves.

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WCS should get significant run this evening.  In the first meeting, Cauley-Stein played 31 minutes and produced 22 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists on ten of 18 shooting from the field.  His athletic play and rim running is challenging for the Spurs veteran big men to guard.  Expect Cauley-Stein to play around 30 minutes tonight, and likely he produces a hefty double-double to lead Sacramento.

Final thoughts

Please tune in and enjoy the show this evening.  Tonight is the first of a back-to-back for the Kings.  They travel to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday evening.  Hopefully, the squad is not looking ahead to the rivalry game and ends their homestand with a victory over the always tough Spurs.

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