SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Last Saturday's matinee victory at Madison Square Garden got the Kings' road trip off to a positive note, after a disappointing 1-3 homestand that precipitated it.
De'Aaron Fox posted his third 30-point outing of the season, leading Sacramento to a 102-94 victory over the Knicks to improve to 33-32 on the season.
Before Saturday morning's game tipped-off in the Big Apple, the Kings received good news, as rookie Marvin Bagley III was cleared to resume basketball related activity after sustaining a left knee sprain back on Feb. 27 in a loss to the Bucks.
Bagley has missed four games since suffering the knee injury, unable to play in the victory over New York on Saturday. He was able to practice with the team at Georgetown University on Sunday, but will not play on Monday, when the Kings visit the Wizards.
Every game is crucial for Sacramento in their remaining 17 games of the regular season, as the Kings presently sit in ninth, four games outside the eighth and final playoff-spot in the Western Conference.
Sacramento won their first matchup of the season with the Wizards back in October, when the Kings beat Washington 112-116. The Kings were led by Buddy Hield's 22 points and De'Aaron Fox chipped in 18 points and nine assists in their previous meeting. A win on Monday would give Sacramento the season sweep over Washington for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
The Wizards (27-39) have fallen on tough times since visiting the Kings in Sacramento back October. They've lost John Wall for the season and dealt Otto Porter to Chicago. Dwight Howard will also be out with aggravated gluteal soreness. The former All-Star has only appeared in nine games with Washington this season.
Bradley Beal enters Monday's game averaging 30.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game on 49.4% shooting since the All-Star break.
Monday's game with Sacramento will be the first of a five-game homestand for the Wizards, who, like the Kings are 3-5 since the break.
Sacramento Kings vs. Washington Wizards Viewing Details:
- WHEN: Monday, March 11, 2019
- WHERE: Capital One Arena - Washington, DC
- TIP-OFF: 4 p.m. PT
- WHERE TO WATCH: NBC Sports California
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