Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings Prediction and match preview – July 16, 2022 | 2022 NBA Summer League

The Houston Rockets will head into their final NBA Summer League game at the Cox Pavilion, facing the Sacramento Kings. The two teams will compete to end the tournament in style.

The Rockets come into the game after a disappointing 85-77 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Their third overall pick, Jabari Smith Jr., scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on the night. The rookie missed all five attempts from beyond the arc but shot 53.8% from the field.

Tari Eason has yet another brilliant match. The youngster scored 17 points while contributing with 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Despite these efforts, the Rockets fell short in the second half, losing the game to the Trail Blazers.

Meanwhile, their opponents, the Sacramento Kings, earned a commanding 82-69 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday. Once again, Keegan Murray impressed everyone with his performance, leading the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Big man Neemias Queta racked up 15 points and caught 10 boards on the night.

The Suns looked away from the start. They only managed to score 36 points in the first half compared to 52 scored by the Kings.

Match Details

Game: Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings | 2022 NBA Summer League

Date and time: Saturday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET [Sunday, July 17 at 6:30 AM IST]

Location: Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV

Houston Rockets Preview

2022 NBA Summer League - Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets
2022 NBA Summer League – Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets have recorded two wins in their four Summer League games. They showed great potential but failed to qualify for the league game.

However, the team has a lot of things they can be happy with from the tournament. Rookie performance could be the main reason. Tari Eason, Jabari Smith Jr. and Ty Ty Washington Jr. have all excelled for the Rockets.

These young guns will be looking to give it their all and claim victory in their final game.

Key player – Jabari Smith Jr.

Jabari Smith Jr. hasn’t had a great start to the Summer League campaign. But as the game progressed, the 19-year-old started to show his abilities. Smith Jr. is averaging 15.0 PPG and 8.8 RPG in the Summer League.

Heading into the final game of the tournament, he hopes to do better from beyond the arc. In addition to his offensive abilities, Smith Jr. is also a solid defender.

Scheduled Houston Rockets Lineup

Point Guard – Ty Ty Washington Jr., Shooting Guard – Daishen Nix, Small Forward – Trhae Mitchell, Power Forward – Tari Eason, Center – Jabari Smith Jr.

Sacramento Kings preview

2022 NBA Summer League - Orlando Magic vs. Sacramento Kings
2022 NBA Summer League – Orlando Magic vs. Sacramento Kings

Like the Rockets, the Sacramento Kings have won two Summer League games. Although they didn’t play in the championship game, they have several things that went well for them in the tournament.

Keegan Murray, the fourth draft pick, has been stunning throughout the tournament. He showed his ability to make shots throughout the Summer League. Along with his offensive prowess, the rookie is also a strong rebounder.

Although this game is not of the utmost importance, the Kings are looking to win the game.

Key Player – Keegan Murray

Keegan Murray has been one of the most successful signings in the Summer League. The former Iowa Hawkeye averages 23.3 PPG and 7.3 RPG. He shot 50% from the field and 40% from three-point range.

Keegan Murray (21 PTS, 10 REB) continued his hot streak against the Suns, notching his fifth straight 20-point game and first Las Vegas Summer League double-double 🔥 https://t.co/drw6T4ZKJ8

He’s a terrific knockdown shooter, and playing alongside De’Aaron Fox will no doubt benefit him. Going into the game against the Rockets, the 21-year-old will be looking to continue his strong showing.

Predicted lineup of the Sacramento Kings

Point Guard – DJ Steward, Shooting Guard – Keon Ellis, Small Forward – Jared Rhoden, Power Forward – Keegan Murray, Center – Neemias Queta

Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings Prediction

The Rockets vs Kings game will feature some of the best rookies in the draft. While both rookies have been impressive, the Rockets are the likely winners.

Where to watch the Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings game?

The Rockets vs. Kings game will be nationally televised on NBA TV. The live stream will also be available on the official NBA app and Fubo TV.

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