The Sacramento Kings finish the 2016-17 season with a trip to Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Wednesday night. They’ll face a team fighting for playoff seeding and they’ll do so without the services of most of their veteran core.
Buddy Hield set a new career-high in points during the Kings 129-104 drubbing of the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. The rookie shooting guard hit 12-of-20 from field and 4-for-8 from deep on his way to 30 points and six rebounds.
Los Angeles is in a dogfight for homecourt advantage. They enter the final game of the season locked up with the Utah Jazz at 51-31, with the four and five seed in the Western Conference standings on the line. With a win, the Clippers clinch the four seed and host the Jazz in round one.
Clippers by 16
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Willie Cauley-Stein vs. DeAndre Jordan -- Cauley-Stein has taken huge strides down the stretch, averaging 12.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.7 minutes a game since the All-Star break. Cauley-Stein will face a seasoned veteran that does a lot of what he likes to do on the court. Get ready for plenty of attempted alley-oop dunks.
WHERE THEY STAND:
Kings: 32-49, third place in Pacific
Clippers: 51-31, second place in Pacific
Kings: PG Darren Collison (migraine), PG Ty Lawson (planned rest), SF Garrett Temple (planned rest), C Kosta Koufos (planned rest) out, SG Tyreke Evans (sore big toe) out, SF Anthony Tolliver (personal) not with team, SG Malachi Richardson (torn hamstring) out, SF Rudy Gay (torn Achilles) out.
Clippers: G Austin Rivers (hamstring) out, C Diamond Stone (knee) out.
The Clippers lead the season series 2-1, but the Kings got over on them last time these two teams met. During the Sacramento-era, the Kings hold a 70-65 advantage and they lead the Clippers 114-88 all-time.
“I don’t have any love for the Clippers. We’re going to go down there and wreck it.” -Dave Joerger on facing the Clippers in the season finale