Tonight’s game is a vital and decisive matchup between the Kings and the Pelicans. It is Sacramento’s only ESPN nationally televised game this year and probably the best one that could have been chosen this season. Here’s why:
Three-Way Tie for Ninth Place
As of right now, the Kings, Trailblazers, and Pelicans all sit 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff seed. Whoever wins tonight will move into sole possession of ninth place and only three games behind Memphis. The difference between being three or four games behind is huge at this point in the season with only 16 games left after tonight. It will be a great showdown on national television as it’s the biggest game of the year for both teams so far.
Zion’s First Game in Sacramento
Last time the Kings hosted New Orleans, Sacramento lost in heartbreaking fashion even with Zion Williamson sidelined from injury. This time around, he is poised to play and will be looking to wreak havoc against Sacramento’s defense. Although Kings fan want him to play poorly, we will be watching closely for highlight reel plays by the rookie.
Lonzo Ball vs De’Aaron Fox
These two have a rivalry that goes back to college, so it happened to be perfect that Fox came to Sacramento and Lonzo went to LA to continue their feud. Now with Lonzo on the Pelicans, their rivalry is still alive amidst a scramble for a playoff spot. Plus, Fox, who was drafted three spots behind Ball, has the opportunity to show Lonzo who the better player is. Last time around, Ball seemed to not only be on the winning side, but also won the matchup posting 24 points and 10 assists in contrast to Fox’s 17 and 5. Each player has been on fire as of late and it will be a great matchup between them.
Tonight is a must win for Sacramento. A loss will send them back in the standings, perhaps too far to make a comeback.
It is the perfect game to be broadcasted on national television, and although the rest of the United States may not be excited for tonight’s ESPN game, Kings and Pelicans fans will surely be glued to the screen.