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Sacramento faces Portland, aims to stop 3-game skid

January 8, 2022 GMT

Sacramento Kings (16-24, 11th in the Western Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (14-23, 12th in the Western Conference)

Portland, Oregon; Sunday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Sacramento heads into the matchup with Portland after losing three in a row.

The Trail Blazers are 7-18 in conference play. Portland has a 9-17 record against teams above .500.

The Kings are 11-18 in conference games. Sacramento ranks eighth in the Western Conference shooting 34.5% from 3-point range.

The teams meet for the third time this season. The Kings won 125-121 in the last matchup on Nov. 25.

TOP PERFORMERS: Damian Lillard is averaging 24 points and 7.3 assists for the Trail Blazers. Norman Powell is averaging 21.3 points over the last 10 games for Portland.

De’Aaron Fox is averaging 20.3 points and 5.1 assists for the Kings. Tyrese Haliburton is averaging 17.1 points and nine assists over the past 10 games for Sacramento.

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LAST 10 GAMES: Trail Blazers: 3-7, averaging 110.4 points, 42.1 rebounds, 21.0 assists, 7.2 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 43.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.1 points per game.

Kings: 3-7, averaging 103.9 points, 42.1 rebounds, 23.8 assists, 5.6 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 44.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.6 points.

INJURIES: Trail Blazers: Larry Nance Jr.: out (knee), CJ McCollum: out (lung), Damian Lillard: out (abdominal).

Kings: Chimezie Metu: out (health protocols), Richaun Holmes: out (health protocols).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.