The NBA grind never stops. After knocking off the Mavericks in Dallas on Sunday, the Sacramento Kings finish up a brutal three-games-in-four-nights stretch Monday in Minnesota. They'll take on a Timberwolves team that has dropped four straight and is looking to snap out of a funk.
De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield each scored 28 points to help propel Sacramento over the Mavericks. It was just the third home loss of the season for Dallas. With the victory, the Kings improved to 9-7 on the road and 16-13 overall.
Sacramento is 2-0 against the Timberwolves on the season, taking both games at Golden 1 Center. They have the opportunity to win the season series with a victory at the Target Center Monday night.
Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 4:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 5. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams app.
The Kings return home to Golden 1 Center on Wednesday to face Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. They host the Grizzlies on Friday, followed by the Pelicans on Sunday before venturing back out on the road.
T-Wolves by 8
PG De'Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein
PG Jeff Teague
SG Andrew Wiggins
SF Robert Covington
PF Taj Gibson
C Karl-Anthony Towns
PF Marvin Bagley III (left knee) and SF Iman Shumpert (personal) are out.
PG Jeff Teague (ankle) is questionable. PG Jared Bayless (knee) is out.
Kings: Dave Joerger went for the win against Dallas on Sunday night, playing all five of his starters 32 minutes or more. He used a tight, four-man bench with only Justin Jackson playing more than 16 minutes for the second unit.
The Kings will be without Bagley and Shumpert again on Monday. Shumpert is away from the team dealing with a personal matter and is expected back in Sacramento for Wednesday's game. Bagley is a week or more away while he heals from a bruised bone in his left knee.
With Shumpert sitting, Joerger will once again turn to Bogdanovic for the bulk of the minutes at the three.
T-Wolves: Tom Thibodeau's team is struggling. They went 0-4 on their west coast road trip and currently sit near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
Taj Gibson missed Saturday's game due to personal reasons, but he is expected to return to action on Monday. Dario Saric stepped in and scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Gibson's place in the team's loss to the last place Suns.
Point guard Jeff Teague is listed a questionable. If he can't play, expect to see either Derrick Rose or Tyus Jones step in and start.