The Sacramento Kings have been up-and-down all season. The group went 7-1 between Jan. 22 and Feb. 7 after which adopted that up by dropping 9 video games in a row.
It regarded just like the Kings would fall out of the Western Convention playoff race, however they’d a resurgence with a 7-1 stretch that obtained them again into the hunt for a spot within the postseason.
Sadly, Sacramento has misplaced three in a row since, together with an unsightly 21-point loss to a depleted Los Angeles Lakers squad. The excellent news is that the Kings are nonetheless very a lot in it, solely trailing the Golden State Warriors by a sport for the second play-in spot.
Sacramento’s upcoming schedule will give it an incredible alternative to make up some floor. The Kings will play six of their subsequent 9 video games towards groups sitting outdoors the highest 10 of their respective conferences.
Right here is who they play over their subsequent 9 video games:
@ Minnesota Timberwolves
vs. Detroit Pistons
@ Utah Jazz
@ New Orleans Pelicans
vs. Washington Wizards
@ Phoenix Suns
@ Dallas Mavericks
Sacramento has to win all 4 video games towards Minnesota and Detroit, the NBA’s two worst groups. The matchups towards the Jazz and Suns shall be troublesome, however the Kings have sufficient firepower to maintain up with these groups.
Head coach Luke Walton must proceed to evangelise protection to his group. Sacramento was solely giving up 111.1 factors per sport throughout its 7-1 stretch however has regressed as of late once more, surrendering 121.3 factors in the course of the three-game dropping streak. Merely put, if the Kings proceed to wrestle to guard their very own finish, they may miss the playoffs for a league-high fifteenth consecutive 12 months.
The schedule makers arrange some tasty matches over the ultimate 22 video games. Sacramento will play a mixed 5 video games towards the Warriors, Mavericks, and Memphis Grizzlies in the course of the schedule’s last stretch. These three groups are forward of the Kings within the standings.
De’Aaron Fox continues to be one of many higher level guards within the league. Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes are doing their greatest to maintain Sacramento within the hunt.
The bench appears to be like totally different after normal supervisor Monte McNair made some strikes on the NBA commerce deadline. Newcomers Terance Davis, Delon Wright and Mo Harkless are all getting loads of alternatives to showcase their abilities to the teaching workers. The trio is every taking part in greater than quarter-hour per sport since being acquired and offers Walton some extra flexibility together with his rotations. Davis regarded particularly within the loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the place he dropped a career-high 27 factors.
The Kings are proper there and nonetheless able to make a run down the stretch. They’ve the sixteenth hardest remaining power of schedule, per Tankathon, but when they’ll pull off a number of upsets, we should always see Sacramento taking part in some significant video games late within the schedule.