SACRAMENTO -- After snapping their four-game losing streak Monday evening against the Magic, the Sacramento Kings hopped a jet a for Phoenix where they'll play the Phoenix Suns on the second night of a back-to-back.
With a win, Sacramento would cement a .500 record at the midway point of the season for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
De'Aaron Fox shook off a string of bumps and bruises to post 20 points and five steals in just 23 minutes of action. Bogdan Bogdanovic stuffed the stat sheet and Willie Cauley-Stein dropped in a double-double in 17 minutes as the Kings finished off the Magic early.
Phoenix currently sits at the bottom of the Western Conference standings at 9-32. They've lost six straight and will likely be without leading scorer, Devin Booker.
Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 5:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 6. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
Following the game in Phoenix, the Kings return home where they'll start a three-game homestand beginning Thursday against the Detroit Pistons. They'll host the Hornets and Trail Blazers before heading out on a season-long, six-game road trip.
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein
PG De'Anthony Melton
SG Josh Jackson
SF Mikal Bridges
PF T.J. Warren
C Deandre Ayton
PF Marvin Bagley III (return from injury management) out, SF Iman Shumpert (finger) out.
SG Devin Booker (back) gametime decision.
Kings: Marvin Bagley was active and ran the floor well in his first game back from injury against Orlando, but the Kings plan to hold him out on the second night of a back-to-back. His absence opens the door for Harry Giles to potentially get a longer look. Giles has strung together a handful of quality outings and is starting to look extremely comfortable on the court.
Shumpert will miss his third straight game with a finger issue. Dave Jeorger has turned to Bogdan Bogdanovic as his starter in Shupert's absence.
Hield is on fire from the perimeter over his last five games, knocking down 25-of-47 from behind the 3-point line.
Suns: Phoenix is struggling. They rank 26th in the league in both points scored and points allowed. The Suns turn the ball over at a high clip, rank near the bottom in rebounding and lead the league in fouls per game.
If Booker can't go, Igor Kokoskov will turn to a combination of players to fill the void at the two, including Josh Jackson and veteran Jamal Crawford.