The Best of the Day preview drives to the hoop with NBA tips for a clash between Western Conference rivals Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers.
14:00 (AEDT) @ Golden 1 Center, Sacramento
History: Played 220: Trail Blazers 137 V Kings 83
Last meeting: January 9, 2021: Trail Blazers 125 d Kings 99 at Golden 1 Center
Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down in-form Portland Trail Blazers’ bid for their second win over Sacramento Kings in the space of five days.
The Trail Blazers whipped the Kings 125-99 in Sacramento on the weekend. They had powered to a 14-point lead at the end of the first term and won every quarter.
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) January 10, 2021
CJ McCollum put up 37 points – including six threes – with Damian Lillard (17 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast) playing a support role. Marvin Bagley III led the lacklustre Kings in points (15) and rebounds (8).
The Blazers have since moved to a 6-5 record with a 112-111 defeat of the Raptors, their third in succession. McCollum (30 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast) again starred and hit a brilliant game-winner, while Lillard (23 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast) rediscovered his shooting range and Carmelo Anthony had 20 points off the bench.
— NBA (@NBA) January 12, 2021
CJ McCollum over the last 6 games:
30 PTS – 52 FG%
37 PTS – 59 FG%
20 PTS – 42 FG%
26 PTS – 47 FG%
28 PTS – 43 FG%
28 PTS – 52 FG% pic.twitter.com/g7hUcB7ZFx
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 12, 2021
Forward recruit Robert Covington has been key to Portland’s defensive improvement.
The 5-6 Kings ended a two-game slide with a 127-122 upset of the Pacers two days ago. Harrison Barnes (30 pts, 8 reb) led the way, but center Richaun Holmes (16 pts, 10 reb) and De’Aaron Fox (21 pts, 9 ast) also had notable games.
Fox’s game-sealing dunk sent NBA fans into meltdown.
DE'AARON FOX OH MY GOODNESS 😱 pic.twitter.com/SrksXiPiOg
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 12, 2021
The Trail Blazers have now won 20 of their last 27 against the Kings. They’re unlikely to have it as easy as they did last time around, but the Blazers are clear value against a small line given the scoring threats at their disposal.