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Game Preview: The Phoenix Suns face the Sacramento Kings for the second night in a row

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After a close lose to the Kings last night, can the Suns split the season series at one game a piece?

Phoenix Suns v Sacramento Kings Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

What: Phoenix Suns at Sacramento Kings

When: 7:00 p.m MST

Where: Sacramento, CA

Watch: Fox Sports Arizona

Listen: 98.7 FM


After a close and exhausting first game between the Suns and Kings, the Suns look to avenge the loss and finish the first three games of the season with a 2-1 record.

As the Suns continue to find their footing in the early stages of the season, the Kings look to start the season 3-0 and becoming a surprise team in a fully stacked Western Conference.

Probable Starting Lineups

SUNS:

  • Chris Paul
  • Devin Booker
  • Mikal Bridges
  • Jae Crowder
  • Deandre Ayton

KINGS:

  • De’Aaron Fox
  • Buddy Hield
  • Harrison Barnes
  • Marvin Bagley III
  • Richaun Holmes

Out / Injured

Dario Saric (right quad soreness) and Abdel Nader (concussion protocol) are still looking to make their first appearance this season and will likely be out for the Suns this game.

Daquan Jeffries and Jabari Parker are most likely out as well going into tonight's game for the Kings.

Kings Update

Trying to not get too ahead of themselves, the Kings can begin the season with three straight wins against both the Denver Nuggets and the Suns, two teams predicted to make the playoffs this year.

The Kings were not predicted to make any ground this year and to be a below .500 team. With a different agenda, you can see the Kings are playing well to start the season with a team of familiar names for the third straight year including Marvin Bagley III, Buddy Hield, and De’Aaron Fox.

With great bench depth including players like Nemanja Bjelica and Hassan Whiteside, the Kings can out rebound and play big against teams likely to look small this year.

Fox ended the game last night against the Suns with a team leading 24 points and 7 assists. A true leader in the back court who is showing that the young core in Sacramento is growing strong with back-to-back close wins against solid teams.

Suns Update

Last nights loss to the Kings came with a lack of trust and impatience. We will see if they slow it down and the minutes will remain the same with Booker playing 38 minutes last night.

The bench depth will be key with Jalen Smith only playing three minutes last night, could he play a big role in tonight's game? Frank Kaminsky might see a little more playing time as well after dipping his toe in with four minutes in his first game back for the Suns.

A tired Suns team might be an excuse if a loss was to present itself, but slowing the game down is key to sustaining the energy for the second half and realizing that the Suns are a better team than the Kings.

Easier said than done.

Key Matchup

Bagley vs. Ayton

A matchup that I was excited to watch but it never really lived up to the hype. Holmes played more minutes against Ayton, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but I am talking box score. It would be nice to see a couple 20-point and 12-rebound games between the two and maybe a technical foul or two.

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Prediction

Suns win it going away, 122- 108.