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Kings vs. Suns Preview and Predictions: Chimezie’s Revenge

The Kings head to the Valley of the Sun to take on Chimezie Metu's Phoenix Suns squad.
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Oct 10, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Chimezie Metu (4) against the Denver Nuggets during a preseason game at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Kings and Suns may both be out of the In-Season Tournament, but there’s still plenty to fight for with most of the regular season left.  The Suns will be without several of their major stars, but they still have OG Beam Teamer Chimezie Metu who will be facing his old squad for the first time.

Let’s talk Kings basketball!

When: Friday December 8th, 6:00 PM PT
Where: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: Sactown Sports 1140

Three in the Key

Depleted Suns

The Suns will be without Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen and Damion Lee tonight but if we’ve learned anything from being Kings fans over the years it’s that teams without their major stars still tend to give the Kings problems, especially if Sacramento doesn’t take them seriously.  Hopefully with this being a premiere Pacific Division matchup and after a tough loss at home on Monday the Kings will be primed and ready to go against this Suns squad that still features great players like Chimezie Metu and Devin Booker.

Pacific Division Battles

Thanks to the In-Season Tournament, one of the ramifications of the Kings playing the Suns tonight is that there will be five matchups between these two teams instead of the normal four.  With how strong the West is, any time you have an extra opportunity to get a game on an opponent you’ll likely be battling for playoff positioning with, you have to take it.

Chimezie Metu

Remember when Chimezie Metu did this?

That was fun. All the best to Chimezie in Phoenix.

Prediction

Chimezie Metu scores a career-high 57 points but doesn’t get much help thanks to all of the Suns injuries as the Kings take care of business on the road.

Kings 116, Suns 57

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Adamsite
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December 8, 2023 10:13 am

Random question…anyone know why PHX gets to host this game even though the Kings were the 2nd seed in the quarter finals? This means the Kings play 5 games against the Suns but 3 of them are in PHX. I’d definitely chalk that up as an advantage to division rival.

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December 8, 2023 10:19 am
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I think it’s because the Kings hosted the Pels as part of the in-season tourney, and this game squares up the 41 at home and 41 on the road.

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December 8, 2023 10:30 am
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I thought about that, but had the Kings won, who would have hosted between the Pels and Suns since they both played away in the semis? I only ask because I remember seeing posted during the semis that the loser of the Kings/Pels game would play at the loser of the Lakers/Suns game. So it must have been decided before the semis even began.

It’s probably just some scheduling glitch beyond my understanding but it does seem like there some potential for lopsided matchups.

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December 8, 2023 2:19 pm
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Thought I’d ask since this is related to scheduling: so we’ve played the Pellies three times, and we still have two more games against them scheduled for this season. Does this mean that we’re playing one or two extra games in this 82 game season, or are they removing one of those later games against the Pels for us?

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December 8, 2023 3:55 pm
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I believe the Kings play them 5 times.

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December 8, 2023 10:31 am

I want Mezie to have a good game, but not too good.

He seemed like a solid citizen and teammate, so I hope he finds a situation where he can shine.

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December 8, 2023 10:44 am
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I give him permission to posterize JaVale McGee once, and that’s it.

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December 8, 2023 12:07 pm

Knocked out of the In-Season Tourney;
To Phoenix, continue our journey.
No more rapt attention,
Nor even a mention 
From Shaq, Chuck, Kenny and Ernie!

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December 8, 2023 12:15 pm
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+1 See the Suns set down!

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December 8, 2023 12:08 pm

That prediction made me Lol. I’m totally down for that outcome.

#MetuMovement
Chim chiminey chim chiminey chim chim Chimezie!

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December 8, 2023 3:16 pm

Yeah, it’d be nice to be on the other end of a blowout every once in a while. The woes of a team with a winning record but a negative point difference.

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December 8, 2023 2:27 pm

While I root for Mezi and I too hope he has a good showing, the Kings need to walk away with a win tonight.

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December 8, 2023 3:39 pm

I’m happy Metu is still finding a way to keep playing in the NBA, seems like a good guy/teammate. Hopefully he sticks around for a few more years.

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