SACRAMENTO -- Finish strong. With the playoff chances reduced to rumble, the Kings still have an opportunity to string together a win streak and move back over the .500 mark on the season. They'll face a struggling Phoenix Suns team that is focused on the future and not the now.
The Kings shook off a brutal loss to the Nets with a win against the Mavericks. Buddy Hield shook off his shooting struggles to score 29 points on 7-of-13 from long range. Marvin Bagley notched his third straight 20-point performance, including a career-best three makes from 3-point range.
Phoenix sits at the bottom of the Western Conference standings at 17-56. They have young talent, but they've lost four of their last five games and they've started to shut down players with an eye on the lottery.
Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
Following the game against Phoenix, the Kings start a five-game trip starting Sunday in LA against the Lakers. They'll make stops in Dallas, New Orleans, Houston, and San Antonio before returning home to face the Rockets April 2 at Golden 1 Center.
Kings by 10
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Harrison Barnes
PF Nemanja Bjelcia
C Willie Cauley-Stein
PG Devin Booker
SG Josh Jackson
SF Mikal Bridges
PF Dragan Bender
C Deandre Ayton
C Harry Giles (quad contusion) questionable.
G Tyler Johnson (knee) questionable, SF Josh Jackson (ankle) questionable, F Kelly Oubre (thumb) out, SF T.J. Warren (ankle) out.
Dave Joerger continues to balance the minutes for his young players with a smattering of veterans. Nemanja Bjelica is the only player above 26-years-old playing meaningful minutes in the rotation.
Harry Giles took a blow to the back of his left leg in the second quarter of the team's win over the Mavericks on Thursday. He is listed as questionable to play, although the injury is not considered serious by the team.
The Kings inked former Sacramento State guard Cody Demps to a 10-day contract on Friday. The 25-year-old averaged 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 30.6 minutes per game for the Kings' G League affiliate in Stockton this season. Demps is trying to become the first player in Sac State history to play a minute in the NBA.
Hield is three 3-pointers away from surpassing Peja Stojakovic for the Kings' franchise record for most long balls in a season.
Phoenix is a mess. They rank 24th in the league in scoring at 107 points per game and 27th in points allowed at 116.1. They have a frontline scorer in Booker and Ayton is putting up numbers down the stretch, but this team isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
On Friday afternoon the Suns signed former King, Jimmer Fredette, to a two-year contract. The 30-year-old guard has played the last three seasons in China, averaging over 36 points per game in the CBA.