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Sacramento Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets Pick & Prediction FEB 23TH 2021
Sacramento vs. Brooklyn Recap FEB 23TH 2021
Caris LeVert scored 22 points and the Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff spot for the second straight season with a 119-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings at The Arena near Orlando on Friday.
The Nets (33-36) improved to 3-2 since the restart and rebounded nicely from a 149-115 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Brooklyn is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of the Orlando Magic, whom they face Tuesday.
LeVert made 9 of 21 shots and also handed out seven assists as the Nets shot 48.8 percent, made 17 3-pointers and handed out 30 assists. LeVert also had plenty of support as Brooklyn saw six other players score in double figures and led for the final 32:09.
Joe Harris added 21 points and center Jarrett Allen nearly posted a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Chris Chiozza and Tyler Johnson added 14 points apiece, Garrett Temple contributed 12 points, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 10.
The Kings (29-40) fell to 1-4 since the restart after going 10-5 in their final 15 games before the pause on March 11. Sacramento dropped to 13th in the Western Conference, one half-game behind New Orleans and 3 1/2 games behind eighth-place Memphis.
Bogdan Bogdanovic led Sacramento with 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting. De'Aaron Fox added 21, Harrison Barnes contributed 16 points and Buddy Hield came off the bench to score 17, but the Kings shot 42.7 percent and committed 15 turnovers
Neither team shot well in a close opening quarter but the Kings ended the period by hitting six free throws in a 10-4 spurt to get a 27-24 advantage. The Nets took control midway through the second held a 63-49 cushion on a jumper by LeVert with 1:21 left and maintained a 63-53 lead at halftime.
Brooklyn upped its lead to 78-62 on two free throws by Temple with 7:39 remaining in the third but Sacramento held the Nets scoreless for 3:22 and used a 12-0 run to get within 78-74 on a layup by Barnes with 5:03 left. The Nets regained their footing and took a 93-82 lead into the fourth on a 3-pointer by LeVert with 11.7 seconds remaining.
Brooklyn iced the game midway through the fourth, taking a 103-86 lead on a layup by Allen with eight minutes remaining and opened a 113-93 lead on a layup by Harris with 4:50 to go.
--Field Level Media
As the Brooklyn Nets completed an impressive five-game road sweep, Kevin Durant was enjoying the performances of his teammates from the sidelines.
Durant missed the final four games of Brooklyn's unbeaten road trip with a hamstring injury, but the Nets found other ways to win and will be seeking a seventh straight victory Tuesday night when they host the Sacramento Kings.
Durant played the first game of the trip when the Nets blitzed the Golden State Warriors. His teammates took it from there -- they beat Sacramento, rallied from 24 points down in Phoenix, methodically beat the Los Angeles Lakers, and pulled out a 112-108 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday when DeAndre Jordan had the tiebreaking basket in the final minute.
"Winning six in a row, all it does is keep the world silent for a bit," Brooklyn guard Kyrie Irving said. "When we hit a bump in the road, then it's, 'What's going on with the Nets?' The destination is making it to that main stage and earning our way there."
The Nets said they do not believe Durant's injury is serious but it is possible he could be out again Tuesday when 300 fans will be allowed to watch the Nets go for their first seven-game winning streak since Dec. 7-19, 2018.
A major factor in Brooklyn's hot streak can be attributed to better defense. After a 122-111 loss in Detroit on Feb. 9, the Nets were allowing 118.4 points per game. During the winning streak, however, they are yielding 111 points.
Another factor is James Harden, who totaled 37 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists Sunday. Harden is averaging 24.9 points on 50.2 percent shooting in 18 games as a Net. In the final four games of the trip, he averaged 31.8 points on 55 percent shooting (44 of 80) from the field.
"We had a lot of frustrating losses," Harden said. "We don't want that to haunt us at the end of the season, so we decided to, as a team, collectively pick it up, each individual," Harden said.
Sacramento heads to Brooklyn in a deep slide. Since winning four straight from Feb. 1-7, Sacramento is on a seven-game losing streak and is trying to avoid its first eight-game skid since Dec. 17-31, 2019.
During their skid, the Kings are allowing 124.3 points per game while taking four losses by double digits.
Sacramento's latest loss -- 128-115 in Milwaukee on Sunday -- came when it allowed Giannis Antetokounmpo to get 38 and Khris Middleton to score 32. That came a night after the Kings allowed Zach LaVine to score 38 Saturday in Chicago.
"We've got to be better defensively, and we know that," Sacramento rookie guard Tyrese Haliburton said. "It feels like every game, everybody's shooting over 50 percent. At some point, people gotta be fed up and we've got to come out here and play harder because losing's not fun."
Haliburton is averaging 15.5 points in his last 11 games, but leading scorer De'Aaron Fox (22.3 points per game) is averaging 17.2 points in five games since missing a game with a knee injury.
The Kings were without Harrison Barnes (strained left foot) against Milwaukee, and if he sits again, rookie DaQuan Jeffries will likely start for him.
--Field Level Media
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- Charlotte L 127 - 126
- @Detroit W 110 - 107
- @New York L 121 - 140
- @Brooklyn L 118 - 127
- @Milwaukee L 115 - 128
- @Chicago L 114 - 122
- Miami L 118 - 110
- Brooklyn L 136 - 125
- Memphis L 124 - 110
- Orlando L 123 - 112
- @San Antonio W 124 - 113
- Dallas L 115 - 98
- Orlando W 92 - 129
- Sacramento W 118 - 127
- @L.A. Clippers W 112 - 108
- @L.A. Lakers W 109 - 98
- @Phoenix W 128 - 124
- @Sacramento W 136 - 125
- @Golden State W 134 - 117
- Indiana W 94 - 104
- L.A. Lakers(12-27-18) W 116 - 117
- @Portland(12-13-20) W 121 - 106
- @Houston(01-16-19) W 145 - 142
- Kings @ Nets 118-127
- Nets @ Kings 136-125
- Kings @ Nets 106-119
- Nets @ Kings 123-121
- Kings @ Nets 94-123
- Nets @ Kings 111-116
- Kings @ Nets 104-99
- Nets @ Kings 109-100
- Kings @ Nets 122-105
- Kings @ Nets 119-128
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|Portland Trail Blazers||18||14||.563||8-6||10-8||114.2||115.2||L4||6-0-4|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||14||20||.412||6-11||8-9||106.7||112.4||L1||4-0-6|
|Los Angeles Lakers||24||11||.686||11-7||13-4||111.3||105.6||L4||5-0-5|
|Los Angeles Clippers||24||12||.667||12-6||12-6||114.9||109.0||L1||6-0-4|
|Golden State Warriors||19||16||.543||12-6||7-10||114.0||112.8||L1||6-0-4|
|San Antonio Spurs||17||13||.567||8-9||9-4||111.0||111.7||L1||6-0-4|
|New Orleans Pelicans||15||19||.441||10-7||5-12||115.9||115.9||L2||4-0-6|
- ShoulderQues Wed | questionable
Green sat out the last game with a right shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up versus the Rockets on Wednesday.
- KneeQues Wed | questionable
Luwawu-Cabarrot was held out of the previous contest with right knee soreness, and it remains to be seen if he will face the Rockets on Wednesday.
- HamstringMid March | out
Durant is out of commission due to a mild left hamstring strain, and he is not expected to return until the middle of March.
- HeadProb Mon | probable
Johnson is battling a migraine, but it is likely that he will be active Monday versus the Spurs.
- ShoulderProb Sat | probable
Green was held out of the last two contest with a right shoulder contusion, be he is projected to face the Mavericks on Saturday.
- HipProb Thurs | probable
Luwawu-Cabarrot sat out the previous contest with a right hip contusion, but it is anticipated that he will dress for Thursday's clash with the Magic.
- ChestQues Thurs | questionable
Shamet is bothered by a chest contusion, and it is undetermined if he will be available Thursday versus the Magic.
- IllnessProb Tues | probable
Shumpert is sidelined while going through the league's health and safety protocols and also has a left hamstring injury. It is projected that he will take the court against the Kings on Tuesday.
- IllnessQues Wed | questionable
Parker has missed the previous three games going through the NBA's health and safety protocols, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Lakers on Wednesday.
- CalfQues Wed | questionable
Haliburton missed the last game due to a calf injury, and it is not clear if he will be available Wednesday versus the Lakers.
- IllnessQues Wed | questionable
Whiteside was absent from the lineup during the previous three games going through the NBA's health and safety protocols, and it is up in the air if he will partake in Wednesday's match versus the Lakers.
- PersonalOut indefinitely | out
Robinson III is out of the lineup while tending to a personal matter, and a timetable for return has yet to be established.
- FootProb Tues | probable
Barnes is managing a foot injury, but it is likely that he will suit up for Tuesday's clash with the Nets.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Holmes has sat out the past three games with right knee soreness, but it is anticipated that he will partake in Sunday's tilt versus the Bucks.
- FootOut Sun | out
Barnes has been held out of the previous two games due to a left foot strain, and he will not play against the Bucks on Sunday.
- WristMid March | out
Metu is sidelined with a wrist fracture, and he is not expected to return until the middle of March.
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