The Kings have been one of the early season surprises in the NBA. Many predicted they would challenge for the worst record in the league. Through 14 games, they are 8-6 and currently 8th in the Western Conference. This weekend should be a good test to see how they stack up in the Western Conference.
Friday: at Memphis Grizzles (8-5), 8PM ET
Saturday: at Houston Rockets (6-7), 8PM ET
The Kings have created a run-and-gun style under third-year coach Dave Joerger. They rank second in the NBA in pace, third in 3-point shooting, and 9th in scoring. They are also playing lockdown defense of late. Over the last 10 games, they rank second in opponent 3-point percentage, third in opponent field goal percentage, and fourth in defensive rating.
Star Watch – De’Aaron Fox
De’Aaron Fox’s ascension has been one of the more exciting stories to start the season. The second-year pro took a giant leap this season, averaging 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists while shooting 45% from the three-point line. He is also one of the most efficient scorers around the basket, averaging 70% within the restricted zone. He looks all the part of the superstar lead guard the Kings hoped they were drafting during the 2017 NBA draft.
Must-See Matchup – Willie Cauley-Stein vs. Marc Gasol
Expect Willie Cauley-Stein and Marc Gasol to be actively involved when the Kings meet the Grizzlies on Friday. Willie Cauley-Stein is off to a career-high start, averaging 17 points and 9 rebounds. While Gasol looks as polished as ever, leading the Grizzlies to a surprising 8-5 record. The Grizzlies notched a big win on Tuesday defeating the Bucks behind Gasol’s 29 point effort, including six made 3-pointers. It will be interesting to watch how they attack one another on offense. Gasol likes to stretch the floor while Cauley-Stein is strictly a back-to-basket player. Stylistically, this should be an entertaining game between two upstart Western Conference teams.
Kings defeat Grizzlies, 112-105
Kings defeat Rockets, 115-113