The Sacramento Kings will host the Phoenix Suns for back-to-back games, with the first contest taking place on Saturday. Phoenix and Sacramento split the four head-to-head matchups last season, with each team winning twice against the spread and straight up.
Suns Open Season with win over Dallas
The Phoenix Suns finished 34-39 last season. The Suns were the talk of the NBA bubble where they won their last eight games of the season but still finished 10th in the West Conference and missed the playoffs.The Suns have made a blockbuster move in the offseason, trading Ricky Rubio and Kelly Oubre to acquire Chris Paul from Oklahoma City. Paul averaged 17.6 points and 6.7 assists last season. Rubio averaged 13 points and 8.8 assists last season, and Kelly Oubre was second on the team with 18.7 ppg but did not play any of the final games from inside the bubble. Leading the way will be Devin Booker, who averaged 26.6 points and 6.5 rebounds last season and is emerging as one of the NBA’s elite scorers. Deandre Ayton averaged 18.2 points and 11.5 rebounds last season but only played in 38 of the team’s 73 games. Phoenix had the 10th pick in the NBA draft and selected Jalen Smith from Maryland.
Phoenix opened the season with a 106-102 home win as a one-point favorite against Dallas on Wednesday. Booker led the team with 22 points. The Suns shot 48.1% (38 of 79) from the field and 36.7% (11 of 30) from three-point range in the victory.
Kings upset Nuggets
The Sacramento Kings won their opening games 124-122 in overtime as a 7.5 point underdog against the Denver Nuggets. The Kings shot 44.6% (45 of 101) from the field and 32.3& (1o of 31) from three-point range for the game. Buddy Hield led the Kings with 22 points, and Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox both added 21 points in the victory.
Sacramento finished the 2019-20 season with a 31-41 record overall, losing five of the eight games they played from inside the NBA bubble. De’Aron Fox led the team with 21.1 points and 6.8 assists per game, and Buddy Hield averaged 19.2 ppg. The Kings drafted 12th in the NBA draft and took Tyrese Haliburton from Iowas State. Haliburton scored 12 points and dished out four assists in 30 minutes during the season-opening victory over the Nuggets.