The Chicago Bulls will travel to the California capital this evening to take on the momentum-building Sacramento Kings.
The Sacramento Kings are coming off what was likely their biggest win of the season on Saturday afternoon, and have a bit of momentum coming into tonight’s game against the visiting Chicago Bulls.
The Kings are 8-10 and currently in playoff position for the first time this season. They have impressive victories over elite teams like Boston and Denver, and close loses to teams like Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, and Toronto. Their schedule softens up for the month in December after playing the 5th toughest in October and November, as 8 of their next 11 opponents are currently under .500.
The Bulls are on the last of a 3-game West Coast road trip and have already picked up losses against Golden State and Portland.
Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s contest:
Tip-off: 7:00 PM PT
Radio: 1140 KHTK
Watch: NBC Sports California, NBATV, or stream live on Fubo.tv
Betting Info: The Kings find themselves as five-point favorites for tonight’s game, which is the largest spread in favor of Sacramento since they were 7-point favorites against the Charlotte Hornets back on October 30th. The Kings lost that game by seven. (Courtesy of The Action Network)
Trevor Ariza – Out (groin)
Bogdan Bogdanovic – Probable (hamstring)
Marvin Bagley – Out (thumb)
Tomas Satoransky – Questionable (toe)
Chandler Hutchison – Out (shoulder)
Otto Porter – Out (foot)
Last 5 Meetings:
3/17/19 – Kings 129, Bulls 102
12/10/18 – Kings 108, Bulls 89
2/5/18 – Kings 104, Bulls 98
12/1/17 – Kings 107, Bulls 106
2/6/17 – Bulls 112, Kings 107
Players To Watch:
The key to beating the Bulls is containing Zach LaVine, who has put up some monster nights so far this season. Last week, he became the first non-Warrior in NBA history to make 13 three-pointers in a single game, including the game-winner that gave him a career-high 49 points. He is the only Bull averaging more than 14 points as the rest of the roster as struggled in their development.
Look for a steady defensive dose of Cory Joseph who will look to contain LaVine.
The Kings are the superior team, and have homecourt advantage as well as momentum.
Kings 114, Bulls 106