The Sacramento Kings are coming off a shocking win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night and looking to take another step forward with a matchup against the Chicago Bulls.
DeMarcus Cousins barely missed his second straight triple-double Saturday against the Warriors, finishing the night with 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. The last time these two teams faced off, Cousins dropped in 42 points and 14 rebounds, but he was called for a costly phantom foul late in the game that the NBA later acknowledged was a mistake via the two-minute report.
Chicago is coming off a tough overtime road loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday. Point guard Michael Carter-Williams returned to action to score 23 points, grab nine rebounds and hand out six assists after missing four of the previous five games with a back injury.
Kings by 2
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 20-31, third place in Pacific
Bulls: 25-26, third place in Central
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Sacramento Kings vs. Sacramento Kings -- The Kings are all over the board the last two weeks. How do you judge a team that can lose to the last place Phoenix Suns on one night and beat the league’s best team in the Golden State Warriors the next night. In most of their losses, the Kings are their own worst enemy. If they can figure out how to get out of their own way in the final 4 minutes of games, they have a chance to finish the season strong.
Kings: G/F Garrett Temple (torn left hamstring) out until after All-Star break, F Omri Casspi (right calf strain) out until after All-Star break, F Rudy Gay (torn left Achilles) out for season.
Bulls: SG Jimmy Butler (heel) took part in walkthrough, but is a gametime decision, PG Michael Carter-Williams (back) probable, C Cristiano Felicio (lower leg strain) out.
The Bulls swept the season-series 2-0 last year and hold a 1-0 advantage this season after beating the Kings in Chicago on Jan 21. Chicago holds an 81-75 advantage over the Kings all-time and a 34-28 lead during the Sacramento-era.
“Based on his size and what he can do, you can argue he’s one of the top players in the league at any position. He’s just so versatile. Small guy guards him, they put him in the post. Big guy guards him they take him outside. He did all of that against us with 42 points.” -Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg on DeMarcus Cousins