Portland Trail Blazers vs Sacramento Kings: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch – Trail Blazers vs Kings

What: Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA

When: Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 10:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): NBATV, NBC Sports Northwest, NBC Sports California | Rip City Radio 620, KHTK Sports 1140 AM

Portland Trail Blazers (Away)

Head Coach: Terry Stotts {All-Time 444-423 | ATL, MIL, POR}

Season Record: 4-6

Projected Starting Five: (G) Damian Lillard – (G) CJ McCollum – (F) Mario Hezonja – (F) Kent Bazemore – (C) Hassan Whiteside

Top Performers

  • (G) Damian Lillard – 38.6 MPG | 33.0 PPG | 6.8 APG | 5.2 RPG
  • (G) CJ McCollum – 37.7 MPG | 19.8 PPG | 3.2 APG | 4.2 RPG
  • (C) Hassan Whiteside – 28.0 MPG | 14.9 PPG | 13.1 RPG | 2.0 BPG

The Portland Trail Blazers have hit a rough patch to begin the season.

After a shocking opening schedule where they’ve played the first six of ten on the road, the Blazers are sub-.500 and in the basement of the Western Conference.

While talks of blowing it up are quite exaggerated, it seems many teams have grown while the Blazers have stood still. They took their first home win of the season against the Atlanta Hawks, in an overtime thriller.

It took an extra session to take down the Hawks, but they may find some relief in taking on the Sacramento Kings.

Sacramento has improved their offence over the past three weeks, but the Blazers should be able to take advantage of their awful 27th rated defence.

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Sacramento Kings (Home)

Head Coach: Luke Walton {All-Time 101-154 | LAL, SAC}

Season Record: 3-6

Projected Starting Five: (G) De’Aaron Fox – (G) Buddy Hield – (F) Harrison Barnes – (F) Nemanja Bjelica – (C) Richaun Holmes

Top Performers

  • (G) De’Aaron Fox – 32.0 MPG | 18.2 PPG | 7.0 APG | .469 eFG%
  • (G) Buddy Hield – 30.2 MPG | 18.1 PPG | 4.3 RPG | .405 3P%
  • (F) Harrison Barnes – 33.8 MPG | 15.6 PPG | 5.2 RPG | .551 eFG%

The Sacramento Kings have bounced back from their awful start. After going winless in their first five games, the Kings are 3-1 in their last four.

Sacramento’s wins don’t come without an additional note though. While they defeated the Utah Jazz late and by a single point, their other two wins came against two of the weaker teams in the NBA in New York and Atlanta.

Their ability will be tested against the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland is shorthanded, but their high-powered offense will test the maturity of the Kings’ young backcourt.

What’s at Stake?

The Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings own a lengthy Western Conference rivalry. In 141 regular-season meetings, the Trail Blazers lead the Kings 93-48.

A win for the Portland Trail Blazers would bring them within a game of the .500 mark.

A win for the Sacramento Kings would bring them to 4-6, edging out the Blazers who are currently tied for tenth place.

Portland Turned It Up When It Mattered

The Portland Trail Blazers came into the season with a lot to prove after flaming out of the NBA Playoffs. Their start to the year hasn’t been inspiring, but a home win in overtime inspires some confidence.

It was a closely contested affair throughout the match, but it was the overtime period where Portland’s maturity showed through. CJ McCollum was finally able to find his mark in the extra period, which helped key their 17-6 overtime session.

Against a struggling Kings defense, the Trail Blazers should be able to find their way better offensively. CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined to shoot 4-15 from three on the evening. They will need to do better against the Kings.

Sacramento Needs to Change the Story

After an awful start to the season, the Kings have been able to take steps toward improving their record. But this isn’t how the intended on starting the season. With a new coach in Luke Walton and a year wiser, more was expected of the Kings.

This match against the Trail Blazers is their first step toward changing the narrative. Sacramento gained their wins through either a nail-biter or against weaker teams. So Portland will be their first quality test for a win.

In their last win against the Hawks, the Kings were able to put together an excellent effort from both the starters and the bench. A concentrated offensive game plan is exactly how they should look to take down the Blazers.

Portland’s Ability on the Glass Is Essential

The Sacramento Kings are missing their star frontcourt option Marvin Bagley. In his stead are capable, hustle-players. However, none of them meet the same standard as Hassan Whiteside.

Whiteside is averaging an impressive 13 rebounds per game, however, he will be focused on by the Kings’ defenders. Should they box him out, even Portland’s backcourt players will have to make up for the challenge they face on the glass.

Sacramento is the 28th ranked rebounding team in the NBA. That doesn’t mean that the Blazers have an easy night on the glass. With little depth in the frontcourt, Portland must establish their rebounding dominance early.

The Kings Bench is the Key

The Sacramento Kings have some talented young stars, but they are far from being considered top-heavy. Due to that, they have to rely on quality production from their bench in order to seal a win.

Their last win over the Hawks was evidence of this fact. While they beat the Hawks 121-109, every single one of the Hawks’ bench players were a positive +/- on the evening.

The highlights were Trevor Ariza contributing 14 points on 4-6 shooting from deep and Bogdanovic adding 20 points on 6-9 shooting from the field. Their additions off the bench will be necessary against a Blazers team with real firepower.

Portland Trail Blazers Roster Notes

(C) Skal Labissiere – 10 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Ankle) – Labissiere is listed as questionable for Sunday’s (Nov. 10) game against the Hawks.

(G) Rodney Hood – 9 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Back) – Hood is listed as questionable for Sunday’s (Nov. 10) game against the Hawks.

(F-C) Zach Collins – 5 Nov 2019 – Out (Left shoulder dislocation) – Collins will be re-evaluated in four months after having surgery on his left shoulder.

(C) Pau Gasol – 25 Oct 2019 – Out (Foot) – Gasol isn’t practicing yet and there is no timetable for his return, according to Casey Holdahl of Trailblazers.com.

(C) Jusuf Nurkic – 23 Oct 2019 – Out (Foot) – Gasol isn’t practicing yet and there is no timetable for his return, according to Casey Holdahl of Trailblazers.com.

Sacramento Kings Roster Notes

(F-C) Marvin Bagley – 24 Oct 2019 – Out (Thumb) – The Kings announced Bagley is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks with a fractured right thumb.

X-Factors: (G) Damian Lillard vs (G) Buddy Hield

Two fast-paced, tempo-setting guards face off in this matchup between the Sacramento Kings and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Damian Lillard has carried his team to their current record but will need more support if they hope to take down the Kings. Buddy Hield is a flamethrower but will need to do more on the defensive end in order to slow Portland’s backcourt.

(G) Damian Lillard (6-2, 195lb (188cm, 88kg) | Weber State | 7 Years)

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2029POR1038.633.05.26.8.493.392

If you didn’t think that Damian Lillard could take another step in his career, he has been carrying his Trail Blazers team at an astonishing rate.

Lillard is averaging a career high in scoring with no drop off in overall efficiency. In fact, Lillard is shooting the three-ball at a 39.2% clip on two more attempts per game than last year.

(G) Buddy Hield (6-4, 220lb (193cm, 99kg) | Oklahoma | 3 Years)

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2027SAC930.218.14.31.6.424.405

Buddy Hield has lived up to his name as a shooter. The Bahamian has been brilliant shooting the ball, but is failing to provide an alternative for his team.

While he is a passable defender, he will have his hands full against the Lillard-McCollum backcourt. Averaging only 1.2 free throw attempts per game, Hield must challenge his opponents defensively in order to pressure stars.

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Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings – Predictions

Why the Portland Trail Blazers Will Win

If the Trail Blazers can improve on their offensive efficiency, they should be able to take down the Sacramento Kings.

Their defense will have to match though, as they weren’t able to buckle down in their last match until overtime.

Why the Sacramento Kings Will Win

For the Sacramento Kings to win they will have to compete on the glass.

While they have more depth than the Blazers, they don’t have a singular inside force that can compete with Whiteside. Control the glass and their own defense, and the Kings can come out on top.

Portland Trail Blazers vs Sacramento Kings – Game Odds

The latest odds for the Trail Blazers vs Kings are provided by bet365 NJΒ andΒ DraftKings Sportsbook.

Good Luck!

Money Line

SportsbookTrail BlazersKings
bet365 NJ+135+115
DraftKings-139+117

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