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Tonight: The 13-20 Sacramento Kings are in Brooklyn tonight to take on the 18-15 Brooklyn Nets, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 7:30 P.M. EST. The Nets are 4-1 in the P.J. Carlesimo era. The Kings have also won four of their last five games.
Watch & Listen: The game is broadcast on YES Network. Ian Eagle & Jim Spanarkel are on the call. The game is radio broadcast on WFAN Radio, and simulcast in Spanish on WADO.
Injuries: Kris Humphries is inactive tonight. C.J. Watson is a game-time decision. The Kings are without Tyreke Evans.
Sacramento Kings: Isaiah Thomas, John Salmons, Francisco Garcia, Jason Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins
Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez
Sacramento Kings: 101.4 offensive rating (15th), 106.4 defensive rating (28th), 94.9 possessions per game (11th)
Brooklyn Nets: 103.1 offensive rating (11th), 103.7 defensive rating (21st), 90.56 possessions per game (29th)
No rest for the wicked. After taking down the Washington Wizards 117-115 on a Joe Johnson isolation jumper in the Let's Make Devin Revisit His Distant Nail-Biting Addiction Bowl, the Brooklyn Nets take on the Sacramento Kings tonight in Brooklyn. The 13-20 Kings are on a bit of a streak -- they've won four of their last five, riding their enigmatic shooting star center DeMarcus Cousins (19.3 points, 10.2 rebounds, and most impressively, 5.4 assists per game in the streak).
The Kings do have their fair share of problems. They're 3-13 on the road, rank 28th in the NBA in defensive efficiency, and foul a ton -- they give up .305 free throws per field goal attempt (fourth-worst in the league). The Nets should put them away easily, and because of that, I expect another double-overtime game that comes down to the last possession.
Joining me to help figure out what's going on in Sacramento is the excellent Greg Wissinger, associate editor at SB Nation Sacramento Kings site Sactown Royalty. I've asked Greg to answer three questions on the Kings, plus offer a prediction.
Devin: Sacramento is only 13-20, but ranks in the top half of the NBA in offensive efficiency. What would you characterize as their greatest offensive strength? Or is there no strength, rather a balance of a few things?
Greg:... MORE →
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The Brooklyn Nets (5-2) begin their annual west coast trip today, taking on the Sacramento Kings today at 6 PM Eastern (3 PM Pacific). The Kings are 2-7 and already have significant turmoil: both of their frontcourt pieces of the future -- center DeMarcus Cousins and power forward Thomas Robinson -- have been suspended by the league for infractions this season. (Both are back and will be in uniform tonight).
Plus, their arena's name is Sleep Train Arena. So there's that.
Joining me to talk about the Sacramento Kings is ESPN TrueHoop blogger Jonathan Santiago, who helps manage the fantastic Kings site Cowbell Kingdom. Jonathan is also a contributor to SLAM Online and follows the Kings about as closely as anyone, so read close if you want good nuggets on tonight's opponent.
As usual in the one-on-one's, I've asked Jonathan three questions about the Kings, and he's asked me three on the Nets. Onward!
Jonathan on the Sacramento Kings
Devin: So... the Kings aren't very good. Regardless of Gerald Wallace's status, should the Brooklyn Nets expect to win this one?
Jonathan:... MORE →