LA Clippers at Sacramento Kings preview

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 12: Blake Griffin
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 12: Blake Griffin /

The LA Clippers will square off against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento as the Clips try to win two games in a row.

Let’s start a winning streak! Tonight, the LA Clippers will face off against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento. The Clips will try to start a win streak after finally ending their 9 game losing streak in Atlanta on Wednesday. That game marked the beginning of an “easy” stint in their schedule with games against teams, who like the Clips, are struggling.


Sacramento Kings

The Kings are 5-13 this season and are rebuilding team. After finally trading away DeMarcus Cousins last season, there is a big youth movement in Sacramento, headlined by Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox. The Kings hope that these two young wings can be their stars of the future and will build around them.

Hield comes off the bench for the Kings and isn’t quite Steph Curry like the Kings owner claimed, but still looks to be a solid NBA player. De’Aaron Fox hasn’t quite found his shot yet, but the 6’3 point guard is still managing to put up 11.1 points per game.

There is a familiar face on the Kings that Clippers fans will recognize: Zach Randolph. Memphis let him walk and now Z-bo is in a mentor role in Sacramento. I’m almost positive he still has bad blood with Blake, so expect things to get chippy at some point.

LA Clippers

As mentioned, the Clippers will look to start a winning streak tonight. The 9 game losing streak seemed never ending, but it is now behind them. After news broke Wednesday that Patrick Beverley was done for the year, the team had to re-group. With the abscense of Beverley, expect a bigger role for Austin Rivers (yes, deal with it), Lou Williams, Jawun Evans and Sindarius Thornwell, at least until the other starter, Milos Teodosic, is ready to return.

Speaking of roles, DeAndre Jordan hopefully is still ready to play his. Rumors swirled up over the past couple of days involving his name in trade talks, but hopefully this doesn’t mess with his head in game. Clippers’ fans love DJ, but no matter what happens with his contract going forward, we want the best out of him night in and night out.

The Clippers shouldn’t have too much difficulty with these young Kings, but no win in the NBA is easy, especially for a team who has been inconsistent most of the year.