The Sacramento Kings sit in seventh spot in the Western Conference and will hope to move closer to the top six when they visit the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.
The Warriors are down in 12th place, but they are only a game behind Utah Jazz in 10th, the final play-in place.
The Kings ended a four-game losing run in their last game as they overcame Atlanta Hawks, while the Dubs are also in mixed form with four losses in their last six.
However, they come into Thursday’s game on the back of a victory - which also came against the Hawks.
|Golden State Warriors
|Chase Center, San Francisco, California
|10PM ET, Thursday, January 25
|How to watch
Golden State Money Line +110
Golden State are the slight underdogs for this game, but they may be able to claim a key win in their bid to secure postseason action.
The Dubs have won three of their last six at home and are facing a Kings team who are on a three-game losing streak on the road.
Golden State have also dominated the recent meetings between these two sides and they lead the regular season series 2-1 ahead of this fourth and final meeting on Thursday.
The Warriors ended Sacramento’s playoff bid in the first round with a 4-3 series win last season and have won five of their last six home games against the Kings, so Golden State may be able to grind out a victory as they look to move into the play-in spots.
Klay Thompson over 19.5 points -115
Klay Thompson will definitely start alongside Steph Curry in the Golden State backcourt as Chris Paul sits this one out, and the shooting guard should be able to score at least 20 points against the Kings.
Thompson is averaging 17.5 points per game for the season, but his scoring output has increased in January and he is averaging 20.0 points per game in nine games this month.
Thompson had 24 points in the win over Atlanta last time out despite missing plenty of shots - he took 18 in total. It's worth noting that Sacramento allows the third-most points from shots generated by off-ball screens, and Golden State uses such plays more often than any other team by a large margin. Thompson loves coming off those screens to catch-and-shoot.
He did connect with five three-pointers from 10 attempts against the Hawks, and a similar performance against Sacramento should see him finish with at least 20 points.
De'Aaron Fox over 4.5 rebounds +130
Rebounds may not be the immediate go-to market when it comes to Sacramento point guard De’Aaron Fox, but he looks a good value pick to record at least five boards against the Dubs on Thursday.
Fox is averaging 4.1 rebounds per game and has finished with at least five in two of his last five games.
The 26-year-old had nine rebounds the last time these two teams met and he has recorded 13 in total in his two games against Golden State this season.
Andrew Wiggins will probably be the Golden State player largely tasked with defending Fox, and his levels have dipped a little in recent weeks.
Therefore, the Kings guard may have a bit of an advantage in any of those 50-50 battles and he can record at least five rebounds.
Forward Sasha Vezenkov is unavailable for the Kings with an ankle sprain, he will be re-evaluated in seven to 14 days.
Golden State Warriors will be without veteran guard Chris Paul due to a hand injury.
Fellow guards Moses Moody and Gary Payton III are also absent with calf and hamstring problems respectively.
Golden State Warriors have a 12-11 record at their Chase Center home, but recently their form has dipped and they have won just three of their last eight in San Francisco.
The Kings snapped a four-game losing streak earlier this week but have lost their last three road games.
This will be the fourth and final regular season meeting between these two teams and Golden State currently leading the regular season series 2-1.
These two teams also met in the playoffs last season, with the Dubs winning the first round series in seven games. As Pacific Division rivals, these teams are familiar with one another.
The matchup between Domantas Sabonis and Draymond Green is a compelling one. These bigs are the leading and second-leading assist-getters on their teams, and while Draymond is the stronger defender, Sabonis has the size advantage.
Neither team plays a particularly fast pace, and the Kings and Warriors rank fifth and sixths in the league in assists per game. Expect a chess match between coaches Mike Brown and Steve Kerr.
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