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Sacramento Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets Pick & Prediction FEB 23TH 2021

FinishedTV: YES | NBCSCA | NBALPBarclays Center Brooklyn

OP
242
-8
CU
242o -103
-5.5 -110
ML
200
-240
Partials
1 2 3 4
28 38 30 22
42 30 26 29
Score
118
127
Recap

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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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Eastern Conference

NBA AtlanticWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Philadelphia 76ers2312.657 15-38-9114.2110.8L15-0-5
Brooklyn Nets2313.639 13-610-7120.8116.2L19-0-1
New York Knicks1817.514 10-78-10105.0104.0L17-0-3
Boston Celtics1717.500 10-57-12110.9110.4L34-0-6
Toronto Raptors1717.500 8-79-10112.9110.4L26-0-4
NBA CentralWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Milwaukee Bucks2113.618 14-47-9119.6112.1L55-0-5
Indiana Pacers1518.455 7-108-8113.0112.6L43-0-7
Chicago Bulls1518.455 7-118-7114.6114.9L26-0-4
Cleveland Cavaliers1321.382 9-94-12104.5112.6L103-0-7
Detroit Pistons925.265 6-103-15107.5112.0L33-0-7

Western Conference

NBA NorthwestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Utah Jazz278.771 15-212-6116.4107.1L17-0-3
Denver Nuggets1915.559 9-710-8115.6111.2L16-0-4
Portland Trail Blazers1814.563 8-610-8114.2115.2L46-0-4
Oklahoma City Thunder1420.412 6-118-9106.7112.4L14-0-6
Minnesota Timberwolves728.200 4-123-16108.1116.5L81-0-9
NBA PacificWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Los Angeles Lakers2411.686 11-713-4111.3105.6L45-0-5
Los Angeles Clippers2412.667 12-612-6114.9109.0L16-0-4
Phoenix Suns2211.667 11-611-5113.4107.5L18-0-2
Golden State Warriors1916.543 12-67-10114.0112.8L16-0-4
Sacramento Kings1321.382 7-126-9114.4120.3L11-0-9

Eastern Conference

NBA SoutheastWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Miami Heat1717.500 10-77-10107.7109.3L37-0-3
Charlotte Hornets1617.485 9-87-9112.1113.2L16-0-4
Atlanta Hawks1420.412 8-96-11113.1113.1L23-0-7
Washington Wizards1319.406 6-97-10114.8119.0L17-0-3
Orlando Magic1322.371 8-115-11105.4112.1L44-0-6

Western Conference

NBA SouthwestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
San Antonio Spurs1713.567 8-99-4111.0111.7L16-0-4
Dallas Mavericks1716.515 8-89-8112.5113.4L18-0-2
Memphis Grizzlies1515.500 7-108-5111.2110.7L15-0-5
New Orleans Pelicans1519.441 10-75-12115.9115.9L24-0-6
Houston Rockets1121.344 5-86-13107.9112.6L111-0-10

Last Injuries

Brooklyn Nets

  • Jeff Green

    Shoulder
    Ques 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.

  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot

    Knee
    Ques 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.

  • Kevin Durant

    Hamstring
    Mid 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.

  • Tyler Johnson

    Head
    Prob Mon | probable

    Johnson is battling a migraine, but it is likely that he will be active Monday versus the Spurs.

  • Jeff Green

    Shoulder
    Prob 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.

  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot

    Hip
    Prob 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.

  • Landry Shamet

    Chest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Shamet is bothered by a chest contusion, and it is undetermined if he will be available Thursday versus the Magic.

  • Iman Shumpert

    Illness
    Prob 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.

Sacramento Kings

  • Jabari Parker

    Illness
    Ques 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.

  • Tyrese Haliburton

    Calf
    Ques 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.

  • Hassan Whiteside

    Illness
    Ques 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.

  • Glenn Robinson III

    Personal
    Out 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.

  • Harrison Barnes

    Foot
    Prob Tues | probable

    Barnes is managing a foot injury, but it is likely that he will suit up for Tuesday's clash with the Nets.

  • Richaun Holmes

    Knee
    Prob 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.

  • Harrison Barnes

    Foot
    Out 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.

  • Chimezie Metu

    Wrist
    Mid March | out

    Metu is sidelined with a wrist fracture, and he is not expected to return until the middle of March.