Trail Blazers vs Kings :Trail Blazers – Kings Tickets – West Coast Rivals. … The Sacramento Kings are based in the Western Conference of the Pacific Division and were founded in 1945, Kings vs Trail Blazers entering the NBA in ’48. They wear purple, black and silver and have picked up one NBL championship and one NBA.
The Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers meet Friday in NBA preseason action at the Moda Center.
The Sacramento Kings finish up the preseason on the end of a rare back-to-back after getting blasted by the Utah Jazz. The Kings are averaging 113.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 48.3 percent shooting. Yogi Ferrell is averaging 16 points and two assists while Harry Giles III is averaging 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds.
Buddy Hield is the third double-digit scorer and Nemanja Bjelica is dishing three assists. The Kings were blown out badly Thursday night against the Jazz and the defensive effort overall in these preseason games haven’t been good.
Giving up 100 or more points in all five games this preseason, the Kings clearly have their work cut out for them with the regular season right around the corner. The Sacramento Kings have lost eight of their last 10 preseason games.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for another victory to finish the preseason a game above a .500 record. The Trail Blazers are averaging 111.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.3 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 14.3 points and 4.7 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 13 points and 3.3 rebounds. Jake Layman is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 8.3 rebounds.
The Trail Blazers have shown great balance when you consider their star backcourt has barely played through three games. The Trail Blazers are shooting 40.9 percent from three and have been improved defensively the last couple of games. The one area to improve is the rebounding, as the Trail Blazers are 25th currently in preseason rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have seven of their last nine preseason games.
The Kings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and the under is 4-0 in Kings last 4 road games. The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
The Kings are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 30-12 in the last 42 meetings.
The end of preseason is near. After running over Maccabi Haifa on Monday, the Sacramento Kings draw a tougher opponent Thursday night when the Utah Jazz drop by Golden 1 Center.
Sacramento currently sits at 2-2 for the exhibition season. They’ll finish things off with a back-to-back as they will play in Portland on Friday.
Harry Giles III and Marvin Bagley III will get their first look at former Duke teammate, Grayson Allen, when the Jazz roll through town. The 23-year-old rookie was selected by Utah with the 21st pick in the 2018 NBA Draft after spending four seasons with Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils.
Here are three things to watch as Sacramento looks to battle a tough Western Conference foe.The Kings drafted De’Aaron Fox with the fifth overall selection last season, but it was Donovan Mitchell, the tenth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, that found massive success as a rookie.
The two guards should see time against each other Thursday night. Fox has the potential to defend a player like Mitchell, but he’ll have to show that he can sustain the pressure for an extended period of time.
Mitchell was an offensive juggernaut in his first season out of Louisville. He led all rookies in scoring at 20.5 points per game and finished second behind Philly’s Ben Simmons in the Rookie of the Year balloting.
Rudy Gobert has developed into a weapon for Jazz head coach, Quin Snyder. Willie Cauley-Stein will get the first opportunity to shut down the 7-foot Frenchman, but it will take a team effort from Sacramento.
Gobert is outstanding in the pick-and-roll, he hits the glass hard and he alters more shots than any other player in the game. The Kings need to keep a body on Utah’s big man or he’ll ruin their evening.
Preseason is an opportunity for the young players to get minutes without having to look over their shoulder. We have seen some good things during the preseason, but also plenty of mistakes.
On paper, Utah looks like a 50-plus win team this season. This is a quality opponent and another chance to hit the floor and get better for Sacramento, regardless of the final score.