Suns Sneak Peek: Suns vs Kings

Booker Kings

The Phoenix Suns travel to Sacramento to tip-off against the Kings on Tuesday for their first road game in 17 days.

SUNS VS KINGS HISTORY:

The Suns opened the season against Sacramento on Oct. 23 and defeated the Kings 124-95, a 29-point victory.

The Suns outscored the Kings 70-36 in the second half of the season-opening win. This marked just the third time in Suns history that the team scored 70+ points in any half while allowing fewer than 40 points, and the first time doing so in a second half.

For the game, the Suns forced 27 Kings turnovers and outscored the Kings 35-6 in points off turnovers.

The Suns came back from 21 down to win on Jan. 8, 2019 for their largest comeback of 2018-19

Devin Booker is averaging 27.0 points and 8.7 assists in his last 3 games vs. SAC

Phoenix holds the all-time record against the Kings with a 136-95 series lead.

KEY CONNECTIONS:

Deandre Atyon and Marvin Bagley III were teammates for part of the 2015-16 season at Phoenix’s Hillcrest Prep.

Ayton and Buddy Hield are both natives of The Bahamas. When they first played against one another in 2018-19, it marked the first game in NBA history featuring two players from the Bahamas. Both players donated and raised significant funds for Hurricane Dorian relief in The Bahamas this past summer.

Trevor Ariza and Richaun Holmes were members of the Suns during the 2018-19 season and Kings Assistant Coach Igor Kokoškov was the Suns’ head coach.

Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy won the 2019 NCAA title together at Virginia.

HISTORY ON SUNS' SIDE:

The Suns, who lost to the Celtics last night, are 4-0 this season coming off of a loss.

Dating back to March 2 of last season, the Suns have won 4 straight games when playing on the second night of a back-to-back, coming after the team had lost 15 straight on the second night of a back-to-back prior to this 4-game winning streak.

This is the Suns’ longest winning streak on the second night of a back-to-back since 4 straight from Dec. 4-Jan. 8 in the 2013-14 season.

BOOKER 50/50/90 SPLITS:

Booker is off to a blistering start to 2019-20 and has increased his shooting efficiency in every phase, shooting career bests of 53.7 FG% (t-19th in NBA), 50.0 3P% (t-5th in NBA) and 94.7 FT% (5th in NBA). Booker is the only qualified player in the NBA right now shooting at least 50/50/90 in these three categories and the only player to rank in the top 20 in each category.

Booker is averaging 25.0 points while exceeding 50/50/90 shooting slashes as he is just the second player to average 25+ points on 50/50/90 shooting through his first 12 games of a season in NBA history joining Larry Bird (Basketball-Reference)

Booker has a 66.3% True Shooting Percentage (an efficiency metric that takes into account FG, 3P and FT). Booker’s 66.3 TS% is 1st in the NBA among qualified players averaging at least 25 points per game this season and 4th all time joining Steph Curry (twice) and Charles Barkley.

SUNS QUICKNOTES:

The Suns are 5-0 when shooting 50% or better this season.
The Suns are 6-0 when leading after 3 quarters this season.
The Suns are 5-0 when scoring 120+ points this season.
The Suns are 4-0 when coming off a loss this season.
The Suns have recorded a better field goal percentage than their opponent in 9 of 12 games, including the first 7 of the season.
The Suns have already had 6 different players record a double-double this season: Deandre Ayton, Aron Baynes, Devin Booker, Frank Kaminsky III and Dario Šarić.

INJURY REPORT:

Frank Kaminsky III (left hip contusion) and Dario Šarić (right knee contusion) are probable.

Ricky Rubo (back spasms) and Aron Baynes (right hip contusion) is questionable.

Ty Jerome (right ankle sprain) is out.

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