Preview: Golden State At Sacramento
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 9, 2016
Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California
The Golden State Warriors attempt to complete a four-game season sweep of Sacramento when they visit the Kings on Saturday. Golden State has won the first three meetings by an average of 15.7 points, including a 103-94 victory in Sacramento on Nov. 7.
The Warriors have won five consecutive games and posted a 128-108 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday as shooting guard Klay Thompson made seven 3-pointers while scoring 36 points. Thompson is averaging 33.2 points during the club’s five-game winning streak and has made six or more 3-pointers four times during the stretch while hitting 27-of-54 attempts. The Kings have won three of their past four games, including a 118-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday — a contest in which Sacramento let a 27-point, second-half lead get away before fighting off Los Angeles down the stretch. “In the second half, we got outfought and outhustled,” Kings coach George Karl told reporters. “I think we mentally shut down. Maybe we celebrate too much when we are playing really well.”
TV: 10 p.m. ET, CSN Bay Area (Golden State), CSN California (Sacramento)
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (34-2): Forward Draymond Green has been spectacular of late and had 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in the rout of Portland for his fourth triple-double in five games and his NBA-leading eighth of the season. Reigning MVP Stephen Curry had 26 points and nine assists while playing through his left shin injury as Golden State continues to shine in a half-season for the ages. “We couldn’t ask for a better start almost midway through the regular season,” Thompson said after Friday’s win. “It’s crazy how fast the season is going. Winning helps that. We’re still hungry. There’s a long way to go before we get to where we want to, but we also have to enjoy this.”
ABOUT THE KINGS (15-21): Sacramento is averaging 123 points over its last four games and has topped 100 points in six straight contests. Standout post player DeMarcus Cousins has been hotter than lava during the past five games while averaging 30 points and 13.2 rebounds and he fell one board short of having five consecutive double-doubles. Point guard Rajon Rondo is averaging 15 assists in his past four contests and leads the NBA with 11.6 per game.
1. Cousins missed the first two meetings with Golden State because of injuries and was ejected after 12 minutes of playing time in the most-recent meeting.
2. Golden State SF Brandon Rush scored a season-high 20 points on Friday, going 8-of-9 from the field and making all four 3-point attempts.
3. Sacramento SF Omri Casspi (back) should return to action after a three-game absence.
PREDICTION: Warriors 117, Kings 104