The final time the Kings confronted off towards the Bucks was throughout their worst stretch of the season, a nine-game shedding streak that included accidents to many of the staff’s key gamers.
Sacramento is more healthy now, and at house, nevertheless it stays to be seen if their high quality of play is any higher than it was then. The staff had gained seven of its final 9 video games earlier than dropping an inexcusable contest to the Lakers, and the protection was on the coronary heart of that turnaround. To then give up a 115.0 offensive ranking to a Los Angeles squad that was barely topping 100 factors per possession in LeBron James’ absence over the previous two weeks was reasonably disappointing, and issues don’t get any simpler with the Bucks.
The place: Golden 1 Heart, Sacramento, California
When: Saturday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. PT
Easy methods to watch/hear: NBC Sports activities California, KHTK Sports activities 1140 AM
Projected Beginning Lineups
Kings (22-27): De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Tyrese Haliburton, Richaun Holmes
Bucks (31-17): Jrue Vacation, Donte DiVincenzo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez
Kings: Hassan Whiteside (proper knee) — QUESTIONABLE; Marvin Bagley III (left-hand fracture), Jahmi’us Ramsey (proper hamstring pressure) — OUT
Bucks: Bobby Portis and Jeff Teague (well being and security protocols) — QUESTIONABLE; P.J. Tucker (left calf) — OUT
Each groups are on the second evening of a back-to-back, although the Kings are at the very least not touring whereas Milwaukee is coming over from Portland, the place the Bucks completely thrashed the Blazers Friday. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 47 factors on 18-of-21 capturing, a determine that strikes a substantial amount of concern right into a staff’s inside protection, since all three of his misses got here from lengthy distance. It’s onerous to say that Richaun Holmes is a meaningfully higher rim protector than Jusuf Nurkic, so containing the two-time MVP would require constructing a wall across the paint.
Milwaukee can be capturing 39.4 % on 3-pointers this season, fourth within the league per Cleansing the Glass, so taking away the paint isn’t the cure-all to defending this group. The Kings could be slightly undersized of their beginning lineup towards a staff with two huge forwards like Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton and will stand to combine in slightly extra Moe Harkless and Delon Wright to keep away from getting bullied. DaQuan Jeffries was additionally profitable within the final matchup, suggesting that extra wings could be the best way to go.
Luke Walton has been loath to vary his beginning lineup except harm calls for it, nevertheless, so hopefully the starters keep inside contact. That might give the bench the chance to feast towards Milwaukee’s lesser reserves.
In a variety of video games towards contenders this season, the Kings have been out of it nearly instantly after the ball suggestions. They must convey extra battle this time, greater than they introduced towards the Lakers, or else this might get ugly.