We can’t expect anything less than a high-scoring affair in Boston on Friday night, as the two top-scoring teams the Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics go head-to-head for the first time this season.
Sacramento has lived at the bottom of the Western Conference for years, but after making key offseason additions in Kevin Huerter, Malik Monk, Keegan Murray and head coach Mike Brown, the Kings have established themselves as one of the best storylines of the 2022-23 NBA season so far.
They play with energy, they’re the highest-scoring team in the NBA, and most importantly, they play so well together. Chemistry means a lot in this league and right now the Kings have plenty 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 higher-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 come as a pleasant surprise.
They currently have the best record in the NBA and Boston have lost just two games this month, neither of which came at their home level.
Can Sacramento pull off another surprise win earlier this year, or will Boston once again prove why they are the team to beat in this league?
Here’s how to watch Friday night’s game with game times and TV, lineups, bios and other important details.
How to watch Kings vs Celtics
- WHO: Sacramento Kings (10-7) vs. Boston Celtics (14-4)
- IF: 8:00 p.m. ET, Friday, November 25, 2022
- WHERE: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
- TV: NBA League Pass
- Stream: Fubo.tv CLICK HERE
Key stats and facts for Kings vs Celtics
- The Sacramento Kings came off a 115-106 loss on the road to the Atlanta Hawks.
- The Boston Celtics win 125-112 at home against the Dallas Mavericks.
- The Kings are just one of two teams in the NBA 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 all-around offensive teams in the league as they rank second in team free throw percentage, third in three point percentage and sixth in field goal percentage.
- Boston defeated Sacramento in both regular-season meets a year ago, surpassing the Kings with 82 total points in the season series.
March 18, 2022 – Celtics 126, Kings 96
Domantas Sabonis led the Kings with 30 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists, but Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown had a combined 62 points on 10-15 shooting from deep, giving the Celtics a massive offensive advantage. While Sacramento only received 15 points from their bench, Boston ended up with 45 bank points, a huge difference in the game. The Celtics shot 22-40 (55.0%) from three-point range and outperformed the Kings by 27 points from the boundary.
Latest injury reports:
Celts: Danilo Gallinari (knee – ACL) – OUT, Robert Williams III (knee) – OUT
PROJECTS KINGS STARTER:
- G De’Aaron Fox6-3 guard: 25.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists
- G Kevin Hurter6-7 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
PROJECTS CELTICS STARTER:
- G Marcus Smart6-3 guard: 11.3 points, 7.3 assists
- G Derrick White6-4 guard: 10.2 points, 3.2 assists
- G/F Jaylen Brown6-6 guard/forward: 25.6 points, 6.7 rebounds
- F.Jayson Tatum6-8 forward: 30.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists
- F/C 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 over/under for this matchup is currently set at 235.5 total points.
What to look out for:
- The Kings are currently ranked 2nd in the league in offensive standings and 26th in the league in defensive standings.
- The Celtics are currently ranked 1st in the league in offensive standings and 20th in the league in defensive standings.
- Boston is 188-119 all-time against Sacramento.
- The Celtics are currently averaging 119.7 points per game, 2nd place in the NBA, and the Kings are averaging 120.0 points per game, 1st place in the NBA.
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