The Sacramento play their second-to-last recreation earlier than they NBA All-Star break after they host the Los Angeles Lakers.
This would be the first assembly of the season between the Pacific Division rivals, who’ve each been struggling of late. The Kings have gained simply one in all their final 11 video games, whereas the Lakers are 2-5 over their final seven outings.
Tyrese Haliburton will miss the ultimate two video games earlier than the break. The Kings introduced they’ll preserve the NBA’s Rookie of the Month for February out of the lineup as a precaution.
However additionally they caught a break as nicely. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reviews that LeBron James will sit this recreation out to get some further relaxation.
Lakers’ LeBron James will sit out his first recreation of the season on Wednesday on the Sacramento Kings on the back-to-back, sources inform @TheAthletic @Stadium. The absence gained’t affect his All-Star Sport look Sunday in Atlanta.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 3, 2021
The place: Golden 1 Middle, Sacramento
When: March 3, at 7:00 p.m. PT
watch/hear: NBC Sports activities California, KHTK Sports activities 1140 AM
Projected Beginning Lineups
Kings (13-21): De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley, Richaun Holmes
Lakers (24-12): Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Wesley Mathews, Markieff Morris, Montrezl Harrell
Kings: Buddy Hield (ankle), Jabari Parker (well being and security) — QUESTIONABLE; Tyrese Haliburton (calf), Chimeze Metu (wrist), Hassan Whiteside (well being and security) — OUT
Lakers: Kyle Kuzma (heel) — QUESTIONABLE; LeBron James (relaxation), Marc Gasol (well being and security), Anthony Davis (Achilles) — OUT
Sacramento is coming off a disappointing loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday that noticed the staff hand over a four-point lead with lower than 20 seconds left within the recreation. Malik Monk hit a layup to tie the sport with 1.4 seconds left and was fouled on the play by Richaun Holmes. Monk hit the free throw and Hield missed the desperation shot to win it on the buzzer.
The Kings want to make use of their measurement benefit on this one. L.A. is already with out Anthony Davis and won’t have Gasol within the lineup as a result of NBA’s well being and security protocols. Holmes, Marvin Bagley III and Nemanja Bjelica have to be assertive within the paint and attempt to bully the undersized Lakers.
Sacramento’s protection stays the one largest cause why the staff is struggling over the previous month. Since their 7-1 run, the Kings are surrendering 124.6 factors per recreation, essentially the most out of any NBA staff. Opponents are taking pictures 52.4 p.c from the sector towards Sacramento over the previous 11 video games.
Head coach Luke Walton talked acknowledged his staff’s defensive struggles throughout Tuesday’s media availability. He stated the scheme gained’t work if his gamers proceed to get beat early off the dribble, which is inflicting too many breakdowns on their very own finish.
The Lakers hand over the second-fewest factors per recreation within the league so Sacramento may have its work reduce out on each ends of the ground. If Holmes, Bagley and Bjelica can management the paint, the Kings ought to have the ability to keep in it.
The Kings would be the extra rested staff having two days off earlier than the sport. L.A. misplaced to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.