(-6.5) Los Angeles Clippers (55-26) at Sacramento Kings (28-53)
10:30 PM EST, Sleep Train Arena, NBA League Pass
Clippers lead season series 2-1
Prediction: Clippers 106 – Kings 93
Despite being the weaker, the Sacramento Kings dominated the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter, outscoring them 38-18, en route to a 116-101 victory. Kings reserves Marcus Thornton, Patrick Patterson and Toney Douglas combined for 57 points, outscoring the Clippers bench by a total of 19 points. Chris Paul struggled from the field going 2-10, though collecting 15 assists.
They say history often repeats itself. When the Sacramento Kings opened up the cities inaugural season, the first team the franchised played against was the Los Angeles Clippers. Fast forward twenty-eight years later and the Clippers who were there to see it began may be their to witness this cities end.
While the Clippers are preparing for the playoffs, an emotional night may be in order as this may be the last NBA game in Sacramento as the Kings are steadily fighting with the city of Seattle over the 68 year old franchise. With Mayor Kevin Johnson putting forth all the effort he can come up with, there is no guarantee that they’ll win the fight. And the NBA isn’t giving any clues on which city has the upper-hand in obtaining franchise.
Currently the 4th seed in the Western Conference, there’s a likely chance that this team could finish as the third seed by the end of the night avoiding the Memphis Grizzlies to take on the Golden State Warriors. There’s also a chance that by the end of the night they’ll have lost home-court advantage and will begin their journey for a championship at the FedEx Forum. I went a bit in-depth over the Clippers playoff seeding in an earlier article.And with home-court on the line, don’t expect this Clippers team to take their foot off the pedal entering the last game of the season.
Fortunately for the fans of Sacramento, if this is the last game in the team’s history, it should be an entertaining one. It’s quite unlikely that this team will lie down to the Clippers especially after defeating them the last game. They probably wouldn’t mind spoiling the Clippers chances at home court in the first round of the playoffs either. Despite the efforts that Tyreke Evans, Demarcus Cousins and company can provide, the NBA is and always will be a stars league. Blake Griffin knows the importance of tonight’s game.
“It’s very, very important,” Griffin said. “We want to have home-court advantage in the first round.”
via Clippers-King Preview – ESPN.com
After a 26 points (only three misses) in the last team meeting, expect him to show up big time and deliver a show whether intentionally for the fans or because he has to will his team to victory.