We should expect nothing less than a high-scoring affair on Friday night in Boston, as the two highest-scoring teams in the Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics will face off against each other for the first time this season.
For years, Sacramento has lived near the bottom of the Western Conference, but after making key offseason additions in Kevin Huerter, Malik Monk, Keegan Murray and head coach Mike Brown, the Kings have proven to be one of the best stories from the 2022-23 NBA season so far.
They play with energy, they are the highest scoring team in the NBA and, most importantly, they are playing very well with each other. Chemistry means a lot in this league and right now the Kings have a lot of momentum going into the holiday season.
As for the defending Eastern Conference champions, the Celtics are once again led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, one of the best scoring duos in the league.
Their defense will improve once Robert Williams III returns from his knee injury, but the offensive consistency the Celtics have found this season has been a pleasant surprise to them.
They currently have the best record in the NBA and Boston has only lost two games this month, neither of which were at home.
Can Sacramento pull off another shock victory early this year or will Boston prove once again why they are the team to beat in this league?
Here’s how to watch Friday night’s game with game and TV schedules, lineups, bios, and other must-have details.
How to watch Kings vs. Celtics
- WHO: Sacramento Kings (10-7) vs. Boston Celtics (14-4)
- WHEN: 8:00 p.m. ET, Friday, November 25, 2022
- WHERE: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
- TV: NBA League Pass
- Broadcast: Fubo.tv CLICK HERE
Key stats and data for Kings vs. Celtics
- The Sacramento Kings are coming off a 115-106 road loss against the Atlanta Hawks.
- The Boston Celtics are coming off a 125-112 home win against the Dallas Mavericks.
- The Kings are just one of two NBA teams to have scored at least 100 points in all of their games, the other being the Atlanta Hawks.
- The Celtics are one of the best offensive teams in the league, ranking second on the team in free throw percentage, third in 3-point percentage, and sixth in field goal percentage.
- Boston defeated Sacramento in both of their regular-season meetings a year ago, outscoring the Kings by 82 total points in the season series.
March 18, 2022 – Celtics 126, Kings 96
Domantas Sabonis led the way for the Kings with 30 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists, but Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 62 points on 10-15 deep shooting, giving the Celtics a huge offensive advantage. Whereas Sacramento only got 15 points from their bench, Boston ended up getting 45 points from the bench, quite a difference in this game. The Celtics shot 22-40 (55.0%) from three-point range, outscoring the Kings by 27 points from the perimeter.
Latest injury news:
Celts: Danilo Gallinari (knee – ACL) – OUT, Robert Williams III (knee) – OUT
PROJECTED KINGS STARTS:
- G De’Aaron Foxpoint guard 6-3: 25.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists
- G. Kevin Huerter6-7 shooting guard: 16.5 points, 3.4 assists
- F. Keegan Murray6-8 forward: 10.9 points, 3.5 rebounds
- F. Harrison Barnes6-8 forward: 13.2 points, 5.7 rebounds
- F/C Domantas Sabonis6-11 forward/center: 16.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists
CELTICS PROJECTED STARTING STARTERS:
- smart marcus6-3 shooting guard: 11.3 points, 7.3 assists
- G white derrick6-4 guard: 10.2 points, 3.2 assists
- G/F Jaylen Brown6-6 shooting guard/forward: 25.6 points, 6.7 rebounds
- F.Jayson Tatum6-8 forward: 30.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists
- FC Al Horford6-9 forward/center: 10.9 points, 6.7 rebounds
- The Celtics are currently 8-point favorites over the Kings as of Friday morning, according to SI Sportsbook.
- The plus/minus for this matchup currently stands at 235.5 total points.
What to watch:
- The Kings currently rank second in the league in offensive rating and 26th in the league in defensive rating.
- The Warriors currently rank first in the league in offensive rating and 20th in the league in defensive rating.
- Boston is 188-119 all-time against Sacramento.
- The Celtics are currently averaging 119.7 points per game, second in the NBA, and the Kings are averaging 120.0 points per game, first in the NBA.
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