Who would have thought an early-season game between the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings could be interesting? But that is what we have. These teams have two of the best offensive ratings in the NBA, which should lead to a fun, high-scoring game.
The Suns (13-6) are on a four-game winning streak after struggling for a little, beating the Utah Jazz 113-112 in their last game. The Kings (10-8) had won seven straight games for the first time since 2004 before losing two straight, most recently getting blown out by the Boston Celtics 122-104.
Suns Can Rely on Ayton Again
It is possible that due to all of the offseason drama over the Deandre Ayton contract, he has not played his best in light of that. However, that seems to be changing. Through the first 10 games, he only had over 10 rebounds twice, which is a surprise for a player who averages 10.5 rebounds for his career.
The shift in Ayton’s play has happened over the last five games, having over 10 rebounds in each one. It has been tangible evidence of increased aggressiveness in Ayton, who is now starting to get into a rhythm offensively. Ayton had 28 points against the Detroit Pistons and followed that up with 29 and 21 rebounds, including nine offensive boards, against the Utah Jazz. The matchups did favor him, but taking advantage of that is something he hadn’t done earlier this season.
Ayton getting back to his usual self could not come at a better time for the Suns, as Devin Booker is starting to slow down after carrying the offense since Chris Paul’s injury. The lack of support for Booker was a big reason why the Suns went through a 3-5 stretch before this four-game winning streak.
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Kings Offense is Scary
After years and years of the Sacramento Kings seemingly being an aimless franchise, they may have stumbled into something this season. A lot of the success is primarily due to the well-balanced offense, which is one of the best in the league. They are averaging 119.1 points, the second-highest in the NBA, and have a third-best offensive rating of 116.5.
It all starts with the star players in Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox, who have been the engines of the offense with their playmaking by averaging over six assists per game. As a more traditional point guard, Fox has been the main scoring threat, averaging 25.1 points and having a career season from behind the arc.
Sabonis’ scoring numbers are down as he has leaned more into creating for others. He is constantly finding shooters, and the Kings have two key ones. Kevin Huerter has been on fire, taking 7.3 3-pointers per game and making 47%, with the fifth most makes in the NBA. Malik Monk has also been solid off the bench, shooting 35% from 3 on 5.6 attempts, maintaining the offensive pressure with the second unit.
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Suns vs Kings Head-to-Head
The Suns and Kings split their four games last season, with the away team winning every game.
Suns vs Kings Game Information
- Game: Suns (13-6) vs Kings (10-8)
- Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
- Day/Time: Monday, Nov. 28th, 10 p.m. ET
- Kings vs Suns Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Suns vs Kings Picks & Prediction
The Suns have their very own highly-rated offense, ranking second in the offensive rating above the Kings. However, the biggest thing that separates the two teams is defense. The Suns allow the sixth-fewest points per game while the Kings give up the third most.
This is another good matchup for Ayton as Sabonis is not known for his defensive work. Even though they are 2-5 on the road, the Suns should move to a five-game win streak, having just enough defense to slow down the Kings.