2019-20 NBA – Boston Celtics @ Sacramento Kings Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Boston Celtics @ Sacramento Kings taking place? Sunday 17th November, 2019 – 20:30 (UK)

Where is Boston Celtics @ Sacramento Kings taking place? Golden 1 Center

What channel is Boston Celtics @ Sacramento Kings on? Sky Sports Arena (UK), NBC Sports (USA)

Where can I stream Boston Celtics @ Sacramento Kings? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, NBC Sports App

Where can I get tickets for Boston Celtics @ Sacramento Kings? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Boston Celtics 126 – 120 Sacramento Kings

THE TEAM NEWS

BOSTON CELTICS

  • The Celtics have enjoyed a great start to the season, and they enter this game with an NBA-best 10-1 record on the heels of a 10-game winning streak that has them at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. They are coming off a win over the Golden State Warriors the last time out, and Boston have scored at least 100 points in each of their wins.
  • Gordon Hayward (broken hand) remains out for the Celtics and there is no clear timetable for his return to the court. Daniel Theis (finger) and Robert Williams (ankle) both returned to action against Golden State and should be available here.
  • Keep an eye on Marcus Smart ahead of this game for the Celtics. The defensive specialist is currently averaging 12.0 points per game while making 40.8 percent of his three-point attempts. Both would be career-high marks for him if he can sustain them during the rest of the season.

SACRAMENTO KINGS

  • The Kings have been playing at a high level in recent weeks and while their goal of reaching a potential playoff spot seems to be quite far – at least for now – they have produced a 3-2 mark over their last five games. They are coming off a 99-97 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, and currently sit in 12th place of the Western Conference standings with a 4-7 record.
  • The Kings will be without two of their core players on Sunday as Marvin Bagley III (finger) and De’Aaron Fox (ankle) have been ruled out through injury. Trevor Ariza (groin) and Caleb Swanigan (ankle) are both questionable for Sunday’s matchup.
  • With Fox and Bagley III out, most of Sacramento’s scoring responsibility will fall on Buddy Hield’s shoulders. He is coming off a 21-point performance against the Lakers on Friday, and currently averages 18.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He is struggling with his efficiency, however, and his 38.5 three-point percentage is currently a career-low for the four-year veteran.

THE PREDICTION

The Celtics should be clear favourites ahead of this game, and for good reasons. They are riding the league’s longest winning streak, they own the league’s best record, and sit seventh in the league in points allowed per game (106.3) thus far. Sacramento have been playing well in recent days, but the fact that they will be without two of their best players should complicate things considerably. Expect the Celtics to cruise their way towards a comfortable win this Sunday.

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