It’s an interconference battle between two hot teams, who also happen to have high-scoring guards on each end. Buckle up for a probable scoring duel.

Catch the game tomorrow at 8:00 AM, Manila time.

AWAY: Sacramento Kings (29-19, 15-11 AWAY)

Projected starting five:

  • De’Aaron Fox
  • Kevin Huerter
  • Harrison Barnes
  • Keegan Murray
  • Domantas Sabonis

The Kings have won six of their last seven games, looking good while on the last leg of their six-game road trip. They are averaging 120.1 points per game and allowing 114.4 in that span.

Adding to the confidence is the 132-120 win over the Cavaliers last November, wherein De’Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis, Kevin Huerter, and Keegan Murray each had 20-plus points.

Top guys Fox and Sabonis are also coming off big performances during the victory against the Chicago Bulls, with the former dropping 41 points and five steals, and the latter posting a 13-14-10 triple-double. Sixth Man Malik Monk could be a factor as well as he has gotten out of his recent slump. He now has back-to-back 20-point games after scoring below double digits in five of six games.


HOME: Cleveland Cavaliers (31-16, 17-8 HOME)

Projected starting five:

  • Darius Garland
  • Donovan Mitchell
  • Max Strus
  • Evan Mobley
  • Jarrett Allen

The Cavaliers are also looking good. They are winners of five in a row, eight in a row at home, and 13 of their last 14 games. Last season’s fine defense is in effect once again as they have 119.1 points and only 103.1 points allowed within those 14 contests. Tomorrow should be a good test as to how in-rhythm that defense really is the Kings’ versatile offense in town.

In any case, expect the Cavs to have an extra pep in their step. They got Darius Garland and Evan Mobley back last week after both missed six weeks due to injuries. The two command a lot on offense and defense, respectively.

The team’s leading scorer, Donovan Mitchell, should continue showing off that he’s a walking bucket. He has 32.2 PPG on 52.7% shooting in his last four. Jarrett Allen should maintain his force in the interior as he now has 17 double-doubles in his last 18 outings.


Handicap: The Cavs (-5) don’t cover the spread.

Over/Under: The total goes over 233.