The Celtics have to put out extra effort to beat the Kings to the boards and to limit their second chance points. Take Care of the Ball - The Celtics are 4th in the league, averaging 13. 3 turnovers per game. However, they tend to go through periods in the game where they lose focus and turn the ball over too much. The Kings are 7th, averaging 19. 3 points off turnovers per game and if the Celtics get sloppy, the Kings will definitely make them pay. Focus and Effort - The Celtics need to stay focused on playing the right way.
They have to focus on moving the ball carefully, on taking good shots, on going after loose balls and on playing the right way. In the past, the Celtics would beat much better teams just because they played harder and put out more effort. They lost to the Bulls because they allowed them to be the team that played harder. The Celtics must play with increased focus and effort if they expect to beat the Kings. X-FactorsUnderestimation - The Kings have been one of the doormats of the league for many years. The Celtics beat them by 29 and 53 points last season. However, the Kings have been playing really well this season and have an even better offense than the Celtics. If the Celtics underestimate the Kings and expect to beat them with anything less than maximum effort and focus, they will find themselves with another loss.
He may stick with that or go back to Grant Williams starting. Robert Williams III (knee) remains out but rumors are that he will be back by Christmas. Danilo Gallinari (knee) is expected to miss the entire season. I’m assuming that Jayson Tatum will be good to go after being questionable before playing on Wednesday. The Kings have no injuries listed. Probable Celtics Starters Marcus Smart Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images Derrick White Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images Jaylen Brown Jayson Tatum Photo by Kathryn Riley/ Getty Images Al Horford PG: Marcus SmartSG: Derrick White SF: Jaylen BrownPF: Jayson TatumC: Al Horford Celtics ReservesGrant WilliamsMalcolm BrogdonSam HauserPayton PritchardBlake GriffinJustin JacksonNoah VonlehLuke Kornet 2 Way PlayersJD DavisonMfiondu Kabengele Out/InjuriesDanilo Gallinari (ACL) outRobert Williams III (knee) out Head Coach (Interim)Joe Mazzulla Probable Kings Starters De’Aaron Fox Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images Kevin Huerter Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images PF: Harrison Barnes Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports Keegan Murray Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images Domantas Sabonis Photo by Thearon W.
Keys to the GameDefense - Defense is always the key to every game. The Kings have a defensive rating of 113. 7(25th). The Celtics defensive rating is 111. 9, 17th in the league. The Celtics need to especially defend the paint as the Kings are average 50. 9 points in the paint per game. The Kings are tops in the league, averaging 120. 0 points per game and the Celtics are right behind them with 119.
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Henderson/Getty Images PG: De’Aaron FoxSG: Kevin HuerterSF: Harrison BarnesPF: Keegan MurrayC: Domantas Sabonis Kings Reserves Terrence Davis II Matthew DellavedovaRichaun HolmesAlex LenTrey LylesChimezie MetuDavion MitchellChima MonekeMalik Monk KZ Okpala Two Way Players Keon Ellis Neemias Queta Out/Injuries None listed Head CoachMike Brown Key Matchups Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images Marcus Smart vs De’Aaron Fox Fox is averaging 25. 9 points, 5. 0 rebounds, 6. 4 assists and 1.
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1 rebounds, and 6. 1 assists per game. He is shooting 57. 9% from the field but just 29. 4% from beyond the arc. The Celtics need to keep him out of the paint and off the boards. Al Horford is coming off a game where he shot 5-5 from the field and 4-4 on three pointers. It would be great if he could continue that hot streak.
The Celtics are first in the East, 1. 5 games ahead of second place Milwaukee. They are 7-1 at home and 9-1 in their last 10 games. They had their 9 game win streak snapped by Chicago before getting back in the win column on Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks. The Celtics are a perfect 5-0 against Western Conference opponents. The Kings are 5th in the West, just 1 game out of first and half a game out of 9th. They are 4-4 on the road and 8-2 in their last 10 games. They had won 7 straight games before Wednesday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks. They are looking to begin a new win streak as they take on the Celtics.
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The Kings are 6-2 against Eastern Conference opponents. The Celtics won the series 2-0 last season by an average of 41 points per game. The Celtics are 43-29 overall all time against the Kings in the Sacramento era. They are 28-7 over that time in games played in Boston. All time including Rochester, Cincinnati, and Kansas City, the Celtics are 188-119 overall and 102-33 all time in games played in Boston. The Celtics can’t assume that because the Kings have been bad previously that they will have an easy game since the Kings have been playing very well. Against Chicago, Joe Mazzulla went back to Derrick White in the starting lineup.
Sacramento Kings (10-7) at Boston Celtics (14-4) Game #19 11/25/22The Celtics continue their home stand with a visit from the surprising Sacramento Kings. These aren’t your father’s Kings. They had won 7 straight games before losing to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. The Kings are playing in the final game of a 3 game road trip through Memphis, Atlanta and now Boston. The Celtics are playing in the 2nd game of a 6 game home stand.
7 points per game. The Celtics need to tighten up their defense as chances are that they will not win a shoot out with the hot shooting Kings. Rebound - Much of rebounding is effort and desire. The Celtics have to put out extra effort to grab the rebounds on both ends of the court. By doing so, they limit the second chance points and fast breaks for the Kings and also give themselves extra possessions. The Celtics are averaging 42. 2 rebounds per game to 41. 0 rebounds per game for the Kings.