The New York Knicks host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night time as they try to rebound from a loss to the Magic.
The Knicks had been driving a three-game profitable streak earlier than minor accidents to his elbow and ankle saved Kristaps Porzingis out of their Wednesday loss to the Orlando Magic. But Porzingis is again Saturday for the sport towards the Kings.
After splitting their first two video games, Sacramento dropped seven straight. Even coming off back-to-back wins towards the Thunder and Sixers it’s been a tough begin for the new-look Kings.
They’re understandably struggling whereas they attempt to combine a number of new items. They’ve blended veterans like Zach Randolph and George Hill with promising younger prospects like De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
The Knicks swept the season sequence towards the Kings in 2016-17 after they had been each completely different groups. The Kings are nonetheless horrible whereas the Knicks have begun to show issues round. Here’s what KP’s group can count on on Saturday night time.
A Crummy Offense
The Kings are 14th within the Western Conference for a cause. They’ve managed 100-plus factors in simply 4 of their 11 video games and their main scorer — Randolph — is averaging solely 13.6 factors per sport.
There have been solely 5 20-point video games from Kings gamers this season. Nobody has even reached 25 factors; Garrett Temple has the season-high with 23. Kristaps Porzingis has been dropping 30 factors prefer it’s nothing.
Sacramento is 29th in offensive score, 28th in efficient discipline purpose proportion (adjusts for threes being value greater than twos), and 28th in tempo. Not solely will the Kings battle to attain however they’re going to try to gradual issues down too.
A Rookie Point Guard Showdown
De’Aaron Fox got here into the league out with extra hype than Frank Ntilikina. He was chosen with the fifth total choose, and in contrast to Ntilikina we had already seen him play. NBA folks fell in love with him when he beat down Lonzo Ball within the NCAA Tournament.
The Kings rely on Fox greater than the Knicks rely on Frank. Despite coming off the bench for a majority of the season, the previous Wildcat leads Sacramento in minutes. Frank is barely averaging 20 minutes per sport. Fox is second on his group in utilization proportion whereas Frank isn’t even in the highest 5 for New York.
No matter their roles, count on the 2 kids — each 19 years outdated — to be matched up on one another sooner or later.
Opportunities On The Offensive Glbad
Sacramento’s main rebounder is Kosta Koufos with a whopping 6.5 per sport. Randolph averages 9.three rebounds per sport for his profession, however this season he’s at simply 6.three in 25.1 minutes.
Enes Kanter has the Knicks ranked second in offensive rebound proportion whereas the Kings are simply 23rd in the identical clbad. New York is first in second-chance factors, and Sacramento is 25th (by way of NBA.com).
Sacramento is useless final in defensive rebound proportion and 29th in opponent’s second-chance factors. Kanter, Porzingis, and Kyle O’Quinn ought to feast on this puny Kings frontline.
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