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Game 36: De’Aaron Fox a budding star but Lonzo Ball playing best ball of season

A fun point guard battle tonight in the Pelicans-Kings matchup?

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings sit side by side in the standings; in other words, tonight is a very winnable matchup for the Pels.

Despite the fact New Orleans is on the second night of a back-to-back, Sacramento is fresh off an eight-game losing streak. The closed out 2019 without a victory after Dec. 15th, but they did beat the Memphis Grizzlies a few nights ago to get back into the win column.

The Pels will have to be concerned with the penetration ability of De’Aaron Fox, the shooting of Buddy Hield and Richaun Holmes trying to rebound everything in sight, but Marvin Bagley III (left foot sprain) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (right ankle soreness) are out.

In particular, I’m interested to watch Fox and Lonzo Ball battle it out at the point guard position. Many feel Fox is destined for multiple All-Star appearances, but Lonzo looks much improved since the start of the season. He’s healthy and the confidence is flowing.

Sacramento will still have plenty of talent on the floor, but the Kings don’t present the same matchup problems for the Pelicans defense as the Lakers did last night. If New Orleans can resemble the same team witnessed during their latest four-game winning streak, one can’t help but think that the Pels should be able to grab a rare road win in the West.

For more on tonight’s matchup, be sure to peruse David’s preview.

Geaux Pelicans!

Where To Watch/Listen

What: New Orleans Pelicans (11-24) at Sacramento Kings (13-22)

Where: Golden One Center, Sacramento, CA

When: Saturday, January 4, 2019 9:00 PM CST