We’re about to find out what the Kings (21-21, 12-10 home) are made of on Saturday when they host the Hornets (19-21, 5-13 away) at Golden 1 Center. Tip off time is 10:00 p.m. EST.
Sacramento has lost six of its last ten games and has been undone by porous defense. The Kings rank 22nd in defensive rating and are giving up 116.0 points per game. They’re eighth in field goals allowed and 15th in three-pointers allowed.
They’ll be tested from start to finish as they face Charlotte. The Hornets are averaging 112.9 points per game on 43.0% shooting from the floor and 36.0 from beyond the arc. They’re 21st in rebounds and 18th in assists and have been led this season by Kemba Walker, who is putting up 25.1 points per contest. Charlotte scores early and often and is likely to give Sacramento fits from the opening whistle until the final buzzer.
This is the first time this season these two teams have met, but they’ve both been hard at it lately.
The Kings are coming off of a 102-112 win against the Pistons in Detroit in which they handed out 29 assists and pulled down 57 boards. The Hornets, meanwhile, are fresh off a 109-128 loss against the Clippers in Los Angeles in which they shot 12-33 from deep. Malik Monk paced the team with 24 points.
The Kings are 5.5-point favorites, with a projected game total of 235. That’s a generous point spread, so proceed with caution if you’re thinking of wagering on the Kings. Bear in mind that Charlotte is 20-20-0 against the spread this year and 23-17-0 over/under. Sacramento, on the other hand, is 24-18-0 ATS and 27-15-0 over/under.