The Portland Trail Blazers will take on the Sacramento Kings in a rematch of Saturday's NBA game, in which the former prevailed by a scoreline of 125-99. After a slow start, the Trail Blazers have managed to string together a series of wins and now have a comfortable 6-4 record. The Kings, on the other hand, are below the .500 mark, with a 5-6 record.
Fixture: Portland Trail Blazers vs Sacramento Kings
Date and Time: Wednesday 13th January, 10 PM ET (Thursday, 14th Jan, 8:30 AM IST)
Venue: Golden 1 center, Sacramento, California
Portland Trail Blazers Preview
The Portland Trail Blazers have rallied to win their last 2 games, which includes a landslide victory over Sacramento Kings. The Trail Blazers had a strong off-season, and are one of the prime contenders for the NBA championship. Head coach Terry Stotts will be expecting a big game from his backcourt against the Sacramento Kings. Bosnian center Jusuf Nurkic is also due for a big performance, and fans can expect him to turn it on in this game.
Key Player - Damian Lillard
After a relatively slow start to the season by his lofty standards, Damian Lillard has finally come into his own and has been torching the opposition defenses.
He has quietly averaged 26 points and 6 assists this season and will be licking his lips at the prospect of taking on a weak Sacramento Kings defense.
Portland Trail Blazers Predicted Lineup
G- Damian Lillard, G- CJ McCollum, F- Derrick Jones Jr., F- Robert Covington, C- Enes Kanter
Sacramento Kings Preview
The Sacramento Kings have failed to get into their groove this season, and as a result have an unimpressive 5-6 record. Head coach Luke Walton will expect a stronger performance against a offensively potent Portland Trail Blazers team, who come into this game on the back of a 2 game winning streak.
The Kings will have to rely on their dynamic point guard De'Aaron Fox for scoring against the Blazers.
Key Player- De'Aaron Fox
The mercurial guard has been the only silver lining of a dismal Sacramento Kings season so far as he has managed to average 18 points and 5 assists per game. He also come in clutch for the Sacramento Kings, most recently against the Indiana Pacers. If the Sacramento Kings want to stand a chance of winning against the Trail Blazers, they will need a big game from Fox.
Sacramento Kings Predicted Lineup
G- De'Aaron Fox, G- Buddy Hield, F- Harrison Barnes, F- Marvin Bagley III, C- Richaun Holmes
Trail Blazers vs Kings Match Prediction
The Portland Trail Blazers have found their balance after a few shaky performances, and are the overwhelming favorites to win this fixture. The Sacramento Kings have struggled against good offenses, and it looks unlikely that they will be able to contain this confident looking Portland Trail Blazers outfit.
Where to Watch Trail Blazers vs Kings
The local coverage of the Portland Trail Blazers-Sacramento Kings game will be available on NBC Sports California and NBC Sports Northwest. Fans can also live-stream this match-up via the NBA League Pass.Published 13 Jan 2021, 01:54 IST