Sacramento (4-2) has won its first three home games this season - all by double digits. The latest 107-92 home win over Toronto was another good example of the Kings ability to play on both ends of the floor. Kevin Martin had 26 points, Ron Artest 23 points and Mike Bibby added 21 points but the Kings still won the game because of their solid D. As a matter of fact the Kings has been one of the NBA's best defensive teams so far, holding opponents to 86.3 points per game when playing at home.
The Grizzlies, meanwhile, are 0-3 on the road and are shooting a league-worst 38 percent from the field overall. Without starting forward Pau Gasol they have no go-to scorer and they definitely struggle because of this (the Grizz averaging just 91.2 points per game). The Grizz can play one or two solid quarters but that`s it, with the injuries and lack of depth, they'll have to do more than they possible can to hold their own against stronger and faster opponents. The Grizz can’t expect anything more as long as their best offensive player (go-to-guy) is going to be Mike Miller (averaging 16.3 ppg).
The Grizzlies, also ranked as one of the league's worst in rebounding will have their problems in scoring and rebounding today against Sacramento. The Kings are the better shooting team, they have advantage both in defense and offense and are the better overall team. The Kings simply must stay aggressive around the basket and use their edge on the class (Sacramento has a 94-70 rebounding advantage over its last two games). If so, they will be fine. Medium (+) stakes.
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