Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (right foot soreness) is listed as questionable for Friday night’s road game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The sixth-year guard suffered minor soreness in Sacramento’s 126-113 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Fox has played up his pain over the past two weeks.
In 22 starts this season, Fox is averaging 22.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. He is also shooting 50.7% from the floor and 36.6% from downtown. The soon-to-be 25-year-old also recorded three double-doubles.
Citing a few NBA betting sites, the Kings have the 19th-best odds to win the championship in 2023. Several sportsbooks are expecting Sacramento to finally end its 16-year playoff drought this season.
De’Arron Fox is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s Kings/Cave game with a sore right leg. Terrence Davis is questionable with lower back pain. Donovan Mitchell is questionable for Cleveland with right lower leg pain. Kevin Love and Dean Wade are out.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBA) December 8, 2022
23 games into the 2022-23 season, the Kings are 13-10 and fifth overall in the Western Conference. Sacramento trails the top-seeded New Orleans Pelicans by 2.5 games.
Also in Sacramento’s loss to the Bucs, Domantas Sabides led the Kings with 23 points and 12 boards in 36 minutes of action.
Kings star Dearon Fox (right leg) is questionable for Friday night’s road game against the Cavaliers
Harrison Barnes finished with 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting in 33 minutes. Although the Kings scored 61 points in the first half, they scored just 19 in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee outshot them 50-40.
“It’s disappointing to me that this game was one of the first times I felt like we played and our opponent was telling us how the night was going to be,” Kings coach Mike Brown said.
“I didn’t think they were listening to us defensively. It was a brutal game, a pick-and-roll game where our defense was almost praised. Milwaukee went where they wanted to go, did what they wanted to do.”
Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox told the Sacramento Bee that he has been sidelined for more than a month. Here’s what we know about the damage.https://t.co/Gj53ESD2J2
— Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) December 8, 2022
Another player listed on the Kings’ injury report is Terrence Davis (lower back). The former Toronto Raptor did not play in Wednesday night’s loss to the Bucks.
Meanwhile, for the Cavaliers, injuries have ruled out Dean Wade (shoulder) and Kevin Love (back) for Friday night’s game. Donovan Mitchell (foot) is also listed as questionable. Not to mention, Ricky Rubio (knee) and Dylan Windle (ankle) are out indefinitely.
According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Cavaliers have a 69% chance of beating the Kings at home. Sportsbooks show Sacramento a 5.5-point road underdog.
Of course, the Kings are 6-2 in the last eight meetings against Cleveland. The Cavs, on the other hand, have won their last seven games at home.