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Kings vs. Suns Preview and Game Thread

Sacramento plays its first home game of the season.

Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings will host the Phoenix Suns in their home opener for the 2020-21 NBA season. The Kings got a thrilling 124-122 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

The last time Sacramento started a season 2-0 was during the 2003-04 campaign.

Game Information

Where: Golden 1 Center

When: Saturday, December 26 at 7 p.m. PT

How to watch/listen: NBC Sports California, KHTK Sports 1140 AM

Projected Starting Lineups:

Kings: De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley III, Richaun Holmes

Suns: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Jae Crowder, Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton

Head coach Luke Walton went with a nine-man rotation against the Nuggets, with seven Kings scoring in double figures. Buddy Hield had 22 points, while De’Aaron Fox chipped in with 21 to lead Sacramento to the win.

As Walton promised during the offseason, the Kings played at a faster pace, which suits this roster. Fox was able to use his quickness to get into the paint and also setup his teammates for open looks. Rookie Tyrese Haliburton will be a big part of the team’s plans this season. He played 30 minutes in his NBA debut, finishing with 12 points and four assists.

Phoenix is coming off a 106-102 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Devin Booker dropped 22 while Chris Paul had eight points and five assists in his first game as a member of the Suns.

Sacramento dominated Denver on the offensive glass. Richaun Holmes had six out of the Kings’ 17 offensive rebounds and while they won’t be able to keep that pace all season, the team will have to be effective creating second-chance points against Phoenix.

Defense will be key for Sacramento against a loaded Suns squad. This game will come down to the back courts. Hield and Fox looked sharp last game and will have to match the output from Booker and Paul.

What do you think are the keys to today’s game?