SAC vs POR Dream11: It’s a matchup between the two Western Conference teams as Sacramento Kings entertain Portland Trail Blazers at Golden1 center, with both the teams looking to build on the victories in the last game. The Kings come into this game on the back of a 109-121 win on the road against Atlanta Hawks, while the Blazers also bettered the Hawks 124-113 at home. With the win, the Blazers improved their regular-season record to 4-6 but still sit outside the playoff positions in the West. Kings are two places down at 12th with a 3-6 record from nine games.
The Blazers have been average in the early going. For a team that reached the conference finals last season and is aiming higher this season, the 4-6 is not a good return for the Blazers. In fact, the win over Hawks snapped their four-game losing skid, which in itself, shows that Damian Lillard and co. need to buckle up sooner if they are to finish at a good position at the end of the regular season.
For the Kings, the target must be to stay relevant in the playoff scrimmage. So for, they are not playing as good as they certainly can, with too much inconsistency in the early going.
Damian Lillard: He is the 2nd best player in the league at the moment as far as averaging points per game are concerned. The 29-year-old is racking up an incredible 33 points per game, and this has been the case for the past few seasons; Lillard leading the scoring charts.
CJ McCollum: Auxiliary superstar to Lillard in this team. But since last season, he has caught up with his esteemed partner and is scoring at an incredible rate. The 28-year-old is averaging 19.8 points per game.
Hassan Whiteside: He has been a great addition to the Blazers’ roster this season. Not only he is good offensively, but his biggest impact is inside the paint, without the ball.
Bogdan Bogdanovic: Kings’ best player with 20.7 points per game this season. Blazers will have to keep an eye on his fade up shots.
Buddy Hield: The 26-year-old has made a slow start to the new season if we compare his current season’s stats with the last season. Still, the numbers are pretty good and he is more than capable of bettering them.
Players likely to make a big impact:
Host: Sacramento Kings
Visitors: Portland Trail Blazers
Match Timing: November 13, @08:30 AM
Venue: Golden 1 Center
Kings: An MRI conducted this afternoon on Kings guard De’Aaron Fox confirmed that he sustained a left ankle sprain at the end of practice on Monday. He will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.
Meanwhile, Marvin Bagley III remains out as he recovers from a finger injury he suffered in the pre-season. He is yet to feature for the Kings this season.
Blazers: The visitors are shorthanded with the injury list still massive at the moment. Zach Collins will be missing the new few months of action after a shoulder injury. He will be a big miss considering his good start to the new season. He joins Pau Gasol (foot injury) and Jusuf Jurkic (leg injury) on the sideline.
The Blazers have listed both Rodney Hood (back injury) and Skal Labissiere (ankle injury) ahead of this match.
Kings: Nemanja Bjelica, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Trevor Ariza, Harrison Barnes, Dewayne Dedmon, Harry Giles III, Buddy Hield, Caleb Swanigan, Richaun Holmes, Justin James, Cory Joseph
Blazers: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Kent Bazemore, Hassan Whiteside, Skal Labissière, Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little, Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja, Rodney Hood, Jaylen Hoard, Moses Brown
PF: Harrison Barnes
SF: Nemanja Bjelica
C: Richaun Holmes
PG: Cory Joseph
SG: Buddy Hield
Portland Trail Blazers:
PF: Kent Bazemore
SF: Mario Hezonja
C: Hassan Whiteside
PG: Damian Lillard
SG: CJ McCollum
Kings: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Trevor Ariza, Dewayne Dedmon, Harry Giles
Blazers: Anfernee Simons, Anthony Tolliver, Skal Labissiere, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little, Moses Brown, Jaylen Hoard