The Sacramento Kings prepare to play the fifth and final game of their current homestand, and look to end on a positive note. The Kings have struggled in the first four games of this homestand, with the most recent loss to Memphis being a tough one to swallow.
After tonight, the Kings’ four remaining games are all against playoff-bound teams, with three being on the road. The Kings will need to come out tonight with a chip on their shoulder, as tonight’s game should mean far more to the players for several reasons. The Kings are 19-20 at home this year, and have not posted a winning record at home since 2007-2008 when they went 26-15.
The Hornets are the only team the Kings will face the remainder of the season with a losing record. The Hornets are a half-game behind the Kings in the Western Conference and have a chance to sweep the Kings for the first the 1996-1997 season when the team was still in Charlotte. The Kings have several pride-related reasons to play their hearts out tonight. If this is the final season for the Kings in Sacramento, every player should want to post a winning season.
The Kings need to force the Hornets to play their style of basketball tonight, but must remember that they need to play solid defense and stop Ryan Anderson from having another good game from beyond the three point arc.
Grievis Vasquez has shown he is capable of having big nights on the offensive end averaging 15.5 points and 11 assists in two games against Sacramento this year. The Kings need to slow him down and not allow him to get into the open court.
Sacramento will need big games from everyone against a young Hornets team, hungry to prove itself. The Kings have pride on the line, and will need to be the ones who set the tone from the beginning.