As the NBA season becomes closer and closer, the pre-season games start to kick off. Although the Sacramento Kings haven’t started their brief pre-season, they are practicing many different lineups. Reports say that Thomas Robinson tried out the small forward position, which would make Marcus Thornton a deadly sixth man. The Kings will have to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers in games 4,5, and 7, as we will see how the King’s lineup turns out. But how will games 4-7 go? Who will show their potential? Let’s take a deeper look at Sacramento, and predict the outcomes of games 4-7.
Game Number Four: Sacramento Kings @ Los Angeles Lakers: In this game, the Los Angeles Lakers will have to go up against the young, but skillful Kings. The Lakers will have aging Kobe Bryant and and Steve Nash playing against Sacramento stars DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, and Marcus Thornton. The Kings don’t have the talent the Lakers have, so Sacramento will have to get streaky to have a chance against Los Angeles.
I am not very optimistic about game number four here, and with the Lakers lineup being stacked, I expect a blowout. There isn’t much to look forward for the Kings here, but head coach, Keith Smart, will look to improve their defense. This could be a key game, as Sacramento will face their first of three pre-season games against Los Angeles. I predict game four’s outcome to be Kings 82 – 98 Lakers.
Game Number Five: Sacramento Kings @ Los Angeles Lakers: Another game against Los Angeles, and another hard team for Sacramento. I predict the Memphis product, Tyreke to outscore and outplay Kobe in game five. Yes that is a bold prediction, but when Tyreke gets hot, he will drain basket after basket. King’s rookie Thomas Robinson and Laker’s rookie Robert Sacre will also play very well, proving they can make an impact right away. I also think that Nash will amass for more than 10 assists, making it his first double-double with the Lakers.
Again, I am not very optimistic about game number five either. The young Sacramento team will yet again be blown out by the Lakers. The game will be closer than expected, due to the defense the Kings will play. Los Angeles will be stopped a numerous amount of times, but they will still walk away with the win. I predict game five’s outcome to be Kings 86 – 90 Lakers.
Game Number Six: Sacramento Kings @ Phoenix Suns: In their second game against the Phoenix Suns, the Kings will look to achieve victory. In this game, I expect Kendall Marshall to show his young talented self by amassing for over 5 assists. The Sacramento defense will also be on their game, holding Phoenix to less than 85 points, with over 5 steals. This will be the game that establishes the Kings as a good defensive team.
The Kings will even their record up with a win here. This is the game where James Johnson will establish himself as a defensive specialist, blocking the ball multiple times. Marcin Gortat could be a pain for the Kings, but Cousins will look to stop him from scoring. I predict game six’s outcome to be Kings 89 – 82 Suns.
Game Number Seven: Sacramento Kings @ Los Angeles Lakers: In the last pre-season game, the Kings will have to face the Lakers yet again. But this time, I expect things to be different. This time, the Kings will be ready for the Lakers and will outscore them for the first time this pre-season. This last pre-season game for the Kings will decide if they could play to expectations, or fall to an under .500 record. To me, this will be the chance for the Kings to show what they are capable of.
The Lakers will have Kobe and Nash, but they will be not enough to beat Sacramento for the third time. I expect Aaron Brooks to score over 10 points, with 5 or more assists. He will show his addition to the Kings was a good decision and that he could help them slip into the eight spot in the playoffs. I predict game seven’s outcome to be Kings 92 – Lakers 89.
By: Charlie Disturco