SACRAMENTO -- Looking to extend their win streak on their homecourt to three games and move back over the .500 mark on the season, the Sacramento Kings host the Charlotte Hornets Saturday at Golden 1 Center.
The Kings pounded the Detroit Pistons in their last game out, leading wire-to-wire in the 112-102 victory. It was a team effort for Sacramento after a disappointing loss to the Suns on Tuesday. They crushed Detroit on the glass and received scoring output from almost every player that stepped on the court.
Charlotte has dropped three out of four on their season-long six-game road trip out west. Kemba Walker is having another stellar season for the Hornets, averaging just under 25 points per game and Jeremy Lamb is posting a breakout year in his seventh season in the league.
Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
The Trail Blazers roll into Sacramento on Monday to finish the three-game stand. Like Detroit and Charlotte, they will play the Kings on the second night of a back-to-back. Following the Blazers game, Sacramento heads out on a season-long, six-game road trip.
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein
PG Kemba Walker
SG Jeremy Lamb
SF Nicolas Batum
PF Marvin Williams
C Bismack Biyombo
No Injuries to report.
PG Tony Parker (rest) out, C Cody Zeller (hand) out.
Kings: Dave Joerger's group is getting healthy at the right time. For the second straight game, they come with a full roster of players to work with and they are well rested.
Sacramento is coming off a quality win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. Buddy Hield led the way with 18 points, but seven Kings players in double-figures to help propel the team to victory.
Joerger turned to rookies Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley as his two bigs off the bench against the Pistons. Giles responded by stuffing the stat sheet 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 22 minutes. Bagley added 10 points and seven rebounds after sitting out Tuesday's game in Phoenix.
Hornets: In his first season at the helm in Charlotte, former Spurs assistant, James Borrego has his team at the back end of the Eastern Conference playoff chase. They rank 10th in the league in scoring at 112.5 points per game and 21st in points allowed with an identical 112.5 points per game. The Hornet are in the middle in the back in pace and they take care of the ball, leading the league with just 12.2 turnovers per game.
Once you get past the starting backcourt of Walker and Lamb, the Hornets struggle to score. Batum, 30, has trailed off considerably as a scorer in his 11th NBA season, posting just 8.8 points in 30.7 minutes per game. The dip in production is not what Charlotte expected when they inked the small forward to a 5-year, $120 million deal in 2016. Batum is making $24 million this season and owed nearly $53 million over the next two seasons.
Tony Parker will sit out the game to rest up for his return to San Antonio. The 36-year-old guard has been solid in a reserve roll, averaging 9.4 points and 3.8 assists in 18.6 minutes per game. This is his first year with the Hornets after spending the previous 17 seasons with the Spurs.