Gameday: A chance to rebound, Kings visit crumbling Lakers


Gameday: A chance to rebound, Kings visit crumbling Lakers

After falling apart late Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs, the Sacramento Kings get an opportunity for redemption Tuesday on the road. Waiting for them is a struggling Lakers team caught in the middle of a media storm.

Sacramento played well for about 44 minutes against the Spurs, but they were outscored 17-5 down the stretch by a veteran San Antonio team. Willie Cauley-Stein posted big numbers, but the Kings received solid contributions from almost everyone who stepped on the floor.

The Lakers lost nine straight before taking apart the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. Like last season, Los Angeles started hot and then they've gone ice cold. Rookie Kyle Kuzma is still the best player on the team, but Brandon Ingram is quickly developing in his second NBA season.


Lakers by 6.5


De’Aaron Fox vs. Lonzo Ball part 2 -- Welcome to the main event. Since returning from injury, Fox is playing his best ball as a pro. The 20-year-old posted 11 points and 10 assists Monday against the Spurs and has looked aggressive on both sides of the court. Ball has improved his 3-point percentage as the season has progressed, but he’s still shooting just 35.3 percent from the field overall. It should be a fun match between two young and talented point guards.


Kings: 13-26, fourth place in Pacific

Lakers: 12-27, fifth place in Pacific


Kings: PG George Hill (personal) out, PG Frank Mason III (heel) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out.

Lakers: No injuries to report.


Punch Back -- The Lakers lead the NBA in pace, but they struggle mightily on the defensive end. They’ll want to get into a track meet and the Kings need to have answer. Sacramento is last in the league in pace, points per game and offensive rating, but they have plenty of young guys that can run.

Shake Off the Loss -- Sacramento went toe-to-toe with the Spurs for most of the night at Golden 1 Center. They fell apart late, but there was a lot to like in the loss. The NBA schedule doesn’t allow time for feeling sorry for yourself. Move on and get ready for a struggling Lakers club.

Mobile Forwards -- The Kings struggle with size at the forward position. The Lakers come in with two versatile and tall forwards in Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. Davis Bertans lit the Kings up for 28 points on Monday evening and if they don’t make adjustments, either Kuzma or Ingram or both will have a field day.


The Kings beat the Lakers 113-102 back in late November to take a 1-0 lead in the season series. Los Angeles owns a huge 270-154 lead in the all-time series and a 92-45 advantage during the Sacramento-era.


“Tomorrow’s game? Another game.” -De’Aaron Fox on the Kings/Lakers matchup on Tuesday.

Kings lose coin flip to Bulls, hold No. 7 overall pick heading into NBA Draft Lottery


Kings lose coin flip to Bulls, hold No. 7 overall pick heading into NBA Draft Lottery

The Sacramento Kings’ win over the Houston Rockets in the season finale has officially cost the team a spot in the NBA’s Draft Lottery. After posting identical 27-55 records, Sacramento and the Chicago Bulls were part of the NBA’s coin flip rule Friday afternoon at the Board of Governors meetings. 

Unfortunately for the Kings, the Bulls picked up a victory in the game of chance and now sit in the sixth spot in the pre-lottery standings. Sacramento holds the seventh position, but both teams have an equal opportunity to move up into the top three positions when the lottery is officially held on May 15. 

Once the top three selections are drawn, the draft goes in order of worst remaining record, taking coin flip results into consideration. If the Kings do not move into the top three and no one slated behind them in the draft move up, they will draft No. 7 overall. 

There is also a small chance that Sacramento doesn’t move up and one or more lottery teams behind them in the standings jump up. In this scenario, the Kings could draft as low as 10, but the statistical probability of them falling that far is astronomical. 

Here are the odds for the potential draft positions for the Kings this season. Both the Kings and Bulls have an 18.3% chance of moving into the top three picks.

No. 1 overall selection: 5.3%
No. 2 overall selection: 6.0%
No. 3 overall selection: 7.0%
No. 7 overall selection: 57.3%
No. 8 overall selection: 22.6%
No. 9 overall selection: 1.8%
No. 10 overall selection: less than 0.0%

Kings finish tied for sixth worst record, coin flip could decide their NBA Draft fate


Kings finish tied for sixth worst record, coin flip could decide their NBA Draft fate

SACRAMENTO -- Wins matter. With the Sacramento Kings’ victory over the Houston Rockets in the season finale Wednesday evening at Golden 1 Center, the team finished the campaign at 27-55. Clearly that’s not good enough to move onto the playoff portion of the NBA season, but it places the Kings in a tie with the Chicago Bulls for the sixth worst record in the NBA.
It’s a slightly complicated procedure for deciding how many ping pong balls the Kings will have in the draft lottery. Both Chicago and Sacramento will have equal odds of moving into the top three of the draft. The two teams have a 5.3 percent chance of landing the top spot, a six percent chance of choosing at No. 2 overall and a seven percent chance of selecting third. 
Per NBA rules, a coin flip will determine which team falls in the sixth position and which will select seven if they don’t move up into the top three. The coin flip is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 13. 
The Kings and Bulls aren’t the only teams placing their fate in the hands of a shiny piece of metal. Dallas and Atlanta finished the season tied for the third and fourth worst records. The Bucks and Heat are tied for the 16th and 17th spot in the draft. San Antonio and Minnesota will flip for picks 18 and 19 and there is a complicated formula between the Pacers, Pelicans, Thunder and Jazz for picks 20-23, since all four teams finished the regular season with a 48-34 record.