the Kings look to win the West

The Sacramento Kings are going to remove the ‘cursed franchise’ label at the end of the regular season. A team that lived in disaster after its glorious era in the first years of the century -that team with Chris Webber or Mike Bibby-, leading to 16 years without PlayOffs. An eternity that will end, because the Kings have turned on the light and are going like a shot, even getting into fighting for the top of the Western Conference standings.

It’s still a lot of rent. The Denver Nuggets (47-24) have 3.5 victories over the Sacramento Kings (43-27) with 12 games to play after a 1-5 run in which defensive deficiencies they beat those of Mike Malone. Criticism of the rotation is also growing and Nikola Jokic, who continues to be stellar in his triple-double average, cannot alone. He opens an opportunity for the rest, and among them there is no one better than the Kings.

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Since the All-Star break, they are the best team in the competition (13 wins, 2 losses). Away from home they have seven wins in a row, something that they had not experienced since 2002. Fundamentally, they build a team where attack drives everything. Against the Wizards they signed their 18th game with more than 130 points. Shooting 56% from the field and 59% from the triple. His way of life is points and the offensive arsenal, which Domantas Sabonis is in charge of managing.

The Lithuanian raised in Andalusia repeated performance and stellar numbers. 30 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists against the Wizards, and superior decision-making. He is capable of hitting the basket, he becomes important if he has to go out and generates advantages for an attack in which there is no dependence (he finished with 12 points and 7 assists) on De’Aaron Fox -the most decisive player-.

They face the last weeks of competition like a shot. The Nuggets, on the other hand, “hit it on the foot” after the notable decline in their defensive performance. To make matters worse, neither the Clippers -they fell to the Orlando Magic- or the Suns -with the doubt of Kevin Durant- take off. It’s the cursed team’s chance.


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