The Phoenix Suns have won two consecutive games for the first time since November. The Suns have bounced back from a 7 game losing streak with two back to back wins over the Memphis Grizzlies and the Utah Jazz. The Sacramento Kings on the other hand come into tonight’s game having lost 4 in a row and a pathetic 1-9 road record.
The Kings recently lost last night in a blowout against the Denver Nuggets losing 97-122. The Suns are the favorite heading into tomorrow night’s match-up against the Kings by 5 1/2 points according to Vegasinsider.com. Tyreke Evans of the Kings left last night’s game with a knee injury did not return to action and is listed on the King’s injured list as day-to-day along with Marcus Thornton. P.J Tucker and Goran Dragic are on the Suns injured list as day-to-day but both are expected to play.
Keys to the game: Suns
- Pay attention to the Sacramento shooters. The Kings got a lot of gunners on their team from Aaron Brooks to Marcus Thornton to Jimmer Fredette. Shockingly despite all their quality shooters Sacramento’s 3-points shooting statistics as a team is nearly identical to that of the Suns but the Suns must keen in on their shooters because those guys can heat up in a hurry.
- Contain DeMarcus Cousins. In Cousins’ 3 games last season against the Suns he averaged 27.7 points per game and 11.7 rebounds per game. It’s clear Cousins love playing against Marcin Gortat, Gortat will need to contain Cousins one way or another tonight.
- Get Goran Dragic going early. Dragic began the game against Utah Jazz aggressive offensively which set a tone for the game and ultimately got the ball rolling for them if you will. The Suns should look to do the same tonight especially when Dragic is matched-up against a traffic cone defender in Aaron Brooks. Not to mention that’s the guy the Suns traded Dragic for, so perhaps that will light a fire in Dragic’s stomach tonight.
Keys to the game: Kings
- Don’t beat yourselves! Sacramento as a team aren’t exactly good caretakers of the basketball. The Kings as a team average 15 turnovers per game on average. The Suns will easily take advantage of turnovers, and the Kings won’t have a good night if they cough up the ball constantly and give the Suns easy fast break buckets.
- Dribble penetration. The Kings has a lot of guys on that squad who can get into the paint and collapse the defense, the Suns for the most part don’t rotate well defensively and if the Kings can constantly have their guards attack the paint they’ll give themselves a far better chance to win this game.
- Tyreke Evans. Evans (knee) left Sunday’s game against the Nuggets and didn’t return, the Sacramento Bee reports and his status for tonight’s game against the Suns are in question. If Evans is unable to suit up the Kings will lose their primary play-maker.
Match-up Of The Night!
- Suns vs. Kings? Well clearly it’d be Marcin Gortat vs. DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins has dominated Gortat in the past but let’s hope at this point Gortat can put his foot down and establish his presence as the more dominate center.