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NBA : First Half Matchup
Wednesday 10/23/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



SACRAMENTO (39 - 43) at PHOENIX (19 - 63)
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Wednesday, 10/23/2019 10:05 PM
Board First Half
SACRAMENTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games39-43+0.645-3640-41114.257.646.4%53.8115.358.746.6%56.3
Road Games15-26-0.520-2123-18113.458.246.5%52.2117.159.547.3%56.5
Last 5 Games1-4-10.51-43-2116.060.446.6%51.6124.462.252.9%53.2
Division Games4-12-9.56-109-7114.260.144.5%54.9117.159.146.8%57.6
SACRAMENTO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)114.257.643-9346.4%11-3037.8%17-2372.6%541125218134
vs opponents surrendering111.15641-8946.0%11-3235.5%18-2376.8%541025218145
Team Stats (Road Games)113.458.243-9346.5%11-2937.7%16-2372.5%521125228134
Stats Against (All Games)115.358.742-9146.6%12-3534.8%19-2477.0%561125218155
vs opponents averaging111.155.941-8946.0%11-3235.3%18-2376.7%531025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)117.159.543-9047.3%12-3534.1%20-2678.4%561126228155

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games19-63-25.736-4638-44107.552.945.9%48.4116.859.548.2%56.4
Home Games12-29-9.518-2317-24107.652.946.6%47.4113.957.347.8%56.3
Last 5 Games2-3+0.22-34-1114.854.847.8%47.4125.265.849.6%58.4
Division Games3-13-8.26-105-11107.951.145.5%48.6119.663.150.1%55.1
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.552.940-8745.9%10-2932.9%18-2377.9%48924249155
vs opponents surrendering11155.941-8945.9%11-3235.4%18-2376.8%531024218135
Team Stats (Home Games)107.652.940-8746.6%10-2934.5%17-2277.4%47924239155
Stats Against (All Games)116.859.542-8848.2%11-3037.1%21-2875.3%561226219155
vs opponents averaging111.456.241-8946.1%11-3235.5%18-2376.4%541025218135
Stats Against (Home Games)113.957.342-8747.8%10-2936.2%20-2774.5%561225209155
Average power rating of opponents played: SACRAMENTO 96.1,  PHOENIX 96.5
SACRAMENTO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/23/2019@ PHOENIX              
10/26/2019@ UTAH              
11/3/2019@ NEW YORK              
11/6/2019@ TORONTO              
11/8/2019@ ATLANTA              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/25/2019@ DENVER              
10/26/2019LA CLIPPERS              
10/30/2019@ GOLDEN STATE              
11/2/2019@ MEMPHIS              
SACRAMENTO: LAST SEASON: 39-43, finished ninth in Western Conference.
COACH: Luke Walton (first season with Kings, fourth season overall, 98-148).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G De'Aaron Fox (17.3 ppg), G Buddy Hield (20.7), F Harrison Barnes (14.3), F Marvin Bagley III (14.9), C Dewayne Dedmon (10.8).
KEY LOSSES: C Willie Cauley-Stein, F Corey Brewer.
KEY ADDITIONS: Dedmon, F Trevor Ariza, G Cory Joseph, F Richaun Holmes.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Kings are building around emerging stars Fox and Bagley. Fox took a major step in his second season to become one of the most complete point guards in the NBA. His speed fuels Sacramento's up-tempo attack and Walton hopes to get improved defense and 3-point shooting this season out of Fox to make him a more complete player. Bagley started only a handful of games as a rookie but took big strides in the second half when he showed the ability to be a top scorer. He increased his scoring average more than five points per game after the All-Star break to 18.5 and the Kings hope be builds on that this season.
OUTLOOK: The Kings extended the longest active playoff drought in the NBA last season when they missed the postseason for the 13th straight season. But they won their most games of any season during that stretch and finished ninth in the conference. The players view getting into the playoffs as a benchmark for a successful season but that will be hard in a deep Western Conference that only got stronger with moves this offseason.
PHOENIX: LAST SEASON: 19-63, finished 15th in Western Conference.
COACH: Monty Williams (first season with Suns, sixth season overall, 173-221).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Ricky Rubio (12.7 ppg), G Devin Booker (26.6), F Kelly Oubre Jr. (15.2), F Dario Saric (10.6), C Deandre Ayton (16.3)
KEY LOSSES: F T.J. Warren, G/F Josh Jackson
KEY ADDITIONS: Rubio, Saric, G/F Cameron Johnson, F Frank Kaminsky III, F Cheick Diallo, G Ty Jerome
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Suns are trying to build a winning team around the core of Ayton and Booker, who are both still young and put up big numbers last season. The 7-foot-1 Ayton averaged a double-double in his rookie season while shooting nearly 59 percent from the field. Booker averaged 26.6 points per game and nearly seven assists. Oubre was a pleasant surprise after joining the team midway through last season, scoring nearly 17 points per game after the trade and playing good defense. Rubio gives the Suns an experienced point guard who should help Ayton, Booker and Oubre get better scoring chances. Rubio's presence also allows Booker to play off the ball and focus on scoring.
OUTLOOK: The Suns should be much better than the 19-win version of a year ago. Rubio's presence along with the input first-year coach Monty Williams should give the starting lineup some discipline and structure. Phoenix's ceiling depends on the development of Ayton and Booker. If the two can develop into All-Star caliber players than there might be something brewing in the desert. The major problem is the Western Conference is still stacked with good teams, so a move into the playoffs feels a little far-fetched this season.
New coaches look to turn around Kings, Suns

The Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns will begin a quest Wednesday to end the two longest current NBA playoff droughts with new coaches and a ration of optimism.

Sacramento moved swiftly to hire former Golden State Warriors assistant and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton in the offseason to lead a young, talented roster that includes former high first-round picks De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III.

The Kings will look to reach the postseason for the first time since 2005-06, the longest dry spell in the league. The Kings finished 39-43 and came in ninth in the rugged West Conference last season.

The Suns removed "interim" from general manager James Jones' title in April, and Jones' next move was to hire Monty Williams as head coach. Williams, who was the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans' head coach from 2010-15, is Phoenix's seventh full-time or interim coach since the team last made the playoffs in 2009-10.

The Suns also concentrated on finding veteran reinforcements to join guard Devin Booker and center Deandre Ayton, adding starters Ricky Rubio and Dario Saric and reserves Frank Kaminsky and Aron Baynes. Phoenix went 19-63 in 2018-19 to finish last in the West by 14 games.

"I actually like where we are at," Booker told reporters. "We're building from ground zero, but I think people ... know we have high IQ guys and NBA guys that are ready to come in and compete."

Booker had career-high averages of 26.6 points and 6.8 assists last season for a team that played without a legitimate point guard.

The Suns have a league-low 87 victories over the past four seasons -- 22 worse than any other team -- and even the draft lottery was unkind last summer. They ended with the sixth pick in the draft in the Zion Williamson/Ja Morant sweepstakes, despite finishing tied for the second-worst record. They traded down to take shooting forward Cameron Johnson at No. 11 in the deal that also netted Saric.

Williams has implemented a "no-stick" offensive philosophy that asks players to pass, dribble or shoot in five-tenths of a second. Rubio, Booker, Saric, re-signed free agent Kelly Oubre Jr. and Ayton are the expected starters.

Walton, free from drama surrounding LeBron James and Lakers, wants change at both ends of the floor. He expects the defense to improve, and he told the Kings to shoot 35 3-point attempts a game. They were 20th in the league in both field-goal-percentage defense (46.6 percent) and 3-point attempts (29.9 per game) last season.

Hield, who ranked fourth in the NBA with 278 made 3-pointers last season, agreed to a four-year, $94 million contract extension late Sunday, a day after flashing a "show-me-the-money" thumb-finger rub at the team's fanfest festivities as general manager Vlade Divac looked on.

"I'm here as a King now," Hield said at a press conference Tuesday, "and I'm just trying to win games and take us to the playoffs."

Kings shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, also eligible for fourth-year max contract extension, told the Sacramento Bee that he has received a four-year, $51.4 million extension offer, which will stand until next June.

Bagley, a 6-foot-11 forward, was the second player taken overall in the 2018 draft, after Ayton. He was sidelined twice by injuries in his rookie season but averaged 18.8 points in his last 21 games, up from his overall average of 14.9 points. As with third-year point guard Fox, the Kings will be looking for him to take a step forward.

--Field Level Media

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