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Five questions facing Memphis to start 2020

New year, new Grizz?

Sacramento Kings v Memphis Grizzlies Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

The Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings tip off the year 2020 tonight in Sacramento. What five questions need to be answered heading into tonight’s game?

Sacramento Kings v Memphis Grizzlies Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

1.) The Sacramento Kings went 4-12 in the month of December and have lost eight straight games. How should Memphis treat the Kings tonight, and should it seem like Memphis already has this win?

Both teams have had their fair share of struggling. For the Kings it seems like it has all hit at once. Losing eight straight, and having guys injured doesn’t help one bit. The Kings are struggling to find their identity and all that takes is a game or two, so Memphis has to continue to ride their momentum into this one. Nothing is ever counted a victory in the NBA until the final buzzer.

2.) Can we expect to see Marvin Bagley III and De’Aaron Fox tonight for Sacramento?

Marvin Bagley (foot) will be OUT tonight in Sacramento as the Kings look to snap their eight game losing streak. Good news for the Kings, De’Aaron Fox is full go. Fox has been dealing with injuries, and has played in the last two games, but Sacramento will need more out of Fox.

Sacramento Kings v Memphis Grizzlies Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

3.) The Memphis Grizzlies had one of the best bench units in the NBA in the month of December, does that transition into the new year?

Do I think that the Memphis Grizzlies bench unit is solid? Absolutely. Do I think there is a really good chemistry with that unit? Without a doubt. Will it translate? We will see. Tyus Jones hit a wall in November, and then ran through that wall in December. Grayson Allen knocked Marko Guduric completely out of the rotation will his stellar play following his return from an ankle injury.

The bench unit is healthy, and Head Coach Taylor Jenkins is coaching the team well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see these reserves in the top five in the NBA for the month of January.

4.) The last matchup between these two teams took place in Memphis, and Memphis was victorious. What will it take for Memphis to come out victorious on the road?

Ah, yes. The Grizzlies won quarters one through three while leading by as much as 14, and then slowly let the Kings rally in the fourth. Memphis escaped with a four point dub. Jae Crowder had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jaren Jackson Jr., had a solid night with 18 points.

Memphis needs to treat it quarter by quarter, and attempt to win each quarter. The Kings are starving for any positive momentum. Let the Kings win a quarter or two, and this game could be up in the air.

5.) Final score prediction? Who will have a breakout game tonight in Sacramento?

Final Score: 115-105 Grizzlies

I wouldn’t say a ‘breakout’ game, but Ja Morant was in a rookie slump ending the year 2019. I like his chances of getting back on track tonight in Sacramento after a few day’s rest and facing another great young point guard in Fox for motivation.

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