The Celtics head into Sacramento tonight to take on the Kings wrapping up their four game west coast swing. A win tonight would make it a successful jount to the west coast.
The Celtics started the road trip off playing probably the worst basketball of the season and were lucky to steal a win in Portland before losing an ugly ejection filled game to the Suns last Friday.
The Celtics are coming off a huge win against the Lakers and need to continue the momentum into a game they should win against the lowly Sacramento Kings. The Celtics have the terrible habit of sometimes playing down to the level of their opponents often making winnable games a lot closer than they should be.
Hardwood Houdini’s Keys To The Game:
Rebounding-The Celtics are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, a shocking stat considering how good they are defensively. Gaining the rebounding edge over the Kings, who happen to be 4th in the league in overall reboinuding, could be enough to put the Kings away.
DeMarcus Cousins vs Kevin Garnett-Both power forwards enter today’s game coming off monster games and will look to keep the good times rolling. Cousins is averaging 26 points and 11 boards over his last two and KG torched the Lakers for 18 points and 13 boards on Sunday. This is heading for an epic battle that should be fun to watch. Eliminating KG off the boards effectively shuts down the Celtics on the boards as KG is the only legitimate rebounding option.
The Kings are red hot coming off back to back wins over the Hornets and Lakers and will make the game entertaining as they feature some terrific young players. The inside outside combination of Evans and Cousins is starting to roll at the right time and could wreak havoc over the second half of the season. The game should be fun to watch as long as the Celtics win.