After a big win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, the Sacramento Kings look to make it two in a row when they visit the shorthanded Phoenix Suns Tuesday evening at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Phoenix a mess. In the midst of a five-game losing streak, the 4-19 the Suns are likely without both of their top scorers in Devin Booker and T.J. Warren, when they face Sacramento.
The Kings (11-11) are looking to move back over .500 with a win. They've survived their first three-game losing streak of the season and have some momentum heading out on their four game road trip.
Rookie Marvin Bagley III is questionable with lower back spasm. He did not participate in practice on Monday, but hasn't been ruled out against former high school teammate, Deandre Ayton.
Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay California begins at 5:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 6:00 p.m. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams app.
Following the game, the Kings travel to Cleveland to battle a 5-18 Cavs team. They'll make stops in Indiana and Chicago before returning home on Dec. 12 to host the Timberwolves.
Line: Kings by 6
PG De'Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein
PG Elie Okobo
SG Mikal Bridges
SF Trevor Ariza
PF Josh Jackson
C Deandre Ayton
PF Marvin Bagley III (lower back spasms) is questionable.
PG/SG Devin Booker (hamstring) is out, F T.J. Warren (ankle) is doubtful.
Kings: In desperate need of a win against Indiana to snap a three game skid, coach Dave Joerger turned to a nine-man rotation for one of the few times this season. Bogdan Bogdanovic is thriving in his new role as super-six-man and his teammates are making adjustments.
After sitting for much of the season, Kosta Koufos made an appearance for the Kings and played extremely well on the defensive end. The veteran big was rusty on the offensive side of the ball, but he managed to grab seven rebounds and stymied the Pacers' Domantas Sabonis.
Suns: Igor Kokoskov is learning the harsh realities of the NBA in his first season at the helm in Phoenix. He has a very young squad, but the team assembled by the front office seems to be missing a point guard and it's tough to win in the league without one.
Injuries have hurt the Suns as well. They come into Tuesday's game extremely short-handed, with both Booker and Warren expected to sit.