[6:00 PM] Kings @ Nets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Sacramento Kings (6-10)

@ Brooklyn Nets (4-11)


Brooklyn dropped its last six by an average of 19.7 points, capped by a 118-97 setback at Indiana on Friday against a Pacers team that was missing Paul George and C.J. Miles.

The Kings could use a break after enduring a five-game homestand against San Antonio, the Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto, Oklahoma City and Houston, during which they posted a 2-3 mark. Sacramento had a chance at winning the homestand but allowed the Rockets to bury 21 shots from 3-point range in a 117-104 loss on Friday.

Sacramento posted impressive wins over Toronto and Oklahoma City before Friday’s letdown, and first-year coach Dave Joerger sees improvement. Center DeMarcus Cousins remains the star, and he turned in a remarkable stat line on Friday with a career-high five made 3-pointers and five blocks to go with 32 points and nine rebounds.

Brooklyn is still learning to play with the pace and style new head coach Kenny Atkinson prefers on the offensive end, and the defensive end remains a work in progress. The Nets are hoisting more 3-pointers than ever before and from all positions, including the center spot. Lopez buried 2-of-3 from beyond the arc in Friday’s loss to bump his total to 25 made 3-pointers – 22 more than he recorded in the first eight seasons of his career combined.

Sacramento second-year C Willie Cauley-Stein is drifting out of the rotation and did not see the court in either of the last two games.


StreakSmarts Pick: Sacramento Kings

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick