Portland Trail Blazers vs Sacramento Kings Prediction & Match Preview - January 13th, 2021 | NBA Season 2020-21
Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings: Game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online
The Sacramento Kings were embarrassed by Portland last Saturday but get the opportunity to put up a better performance Wednesday night when they again host the Trail Blazers.
Sacramento enters the rematch with a bit of momentum after producing a convincing 127-122 home win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
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.
The Portland Trail Blazers will play their first of seven back-to-back games of the first half of the season starting Wednesday at Sacramento and concluding Thursday at home against Indiana (7-4).
Back-to-backs are even more interesting to watch for this season because teams are playing at least every other day for much of the season. That means a back-to-back creates three games in four days and four games in six days.
Portland has two days off between games only five times during the first half of the season. One time already occurred between the opener against Utah and the second game against Houston.
Portland coach Terry Stotts, when asked if playing back-to-back games this week would alter his rotations or cause him to sit anyone, responded: “We’re gonna go and try and win both games.”
We will find out what exactly that means after the conclusion of both games. However, this does seem to be prime territory to give some guys a breather. It’s also where Portland’s depth could really pay off.
One player who could sit or play reduced minutes is center Jusuf Nurkic. He injured his quad in the first quarter of Portland’s win over Toronto and did not return.
“He got treatment today.” Stotts said Tuesday. “He is doing better. I’d say right now he’s still listed as questionable. But there was improvement over last night, so that was encouraging.”
Guard Damian Lillard sprained his right ankle early in the Toronto game but continued to play. He said after the game that his ankle was sore. That didn’t change Tuesday, according to Stotts, who said Lillard received treatment.
“It was sore last night, but I think it’s better,” Stotts said.
Lillard is listed as probable for Wednesday’s game.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.