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2:00 PM PT3:00 PM MT4:00 PM CT5:00 PM ET22:00 GMT6:00 3:00 PM MST5:00 PM EST2:00 UAE (+1)23:0017:00 ET4:00 PM CT20:00 , January 20, 2020
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Heat happy to return home against Kings

According to STATS
According to STATS

Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat

  1. The Kings have won four consecutive games against the Heat, tying their longest win streak ever against Miami (also January 11, 1994 -- December 10, 1995). Prior to this four-game streak, Miami had won 24 of its previous 26 meetings with Sacramento.
  2. The Heat are coming off a 107-102 loss at San Antonio on Sunday. In seven games on zero days' rest this season, Miami has a 2-5 record, while being outscored by an average of 11.9 points per game.
  3. The Kings have lost four straight games, and are an NBA-worst 3-13 since December 17. Sacramento has lost eight consecutive games against Eastern Conference teams, the longest-active losing streak by any team against non-conference opponents.
  4. De'Aaron Fox has scored 20+ points while shooting 60.0 percent or better from the field in three straight games. He is the first Kings guard to reach those marks in three straight games since Mike Bibby did so in March 2004.
  5. Jimmy Butler (6.4) and Bam Adebayo (4.6) have combined to average 11.0 assists per game this season, on pace to be the highest mark by any frontcourt duo in a single season in franchise history (min. 70% team games played).
  6. Buddy Hield needed just 286 career games to reach 750 three-pointers, the fewest needed by any player all-time to reach that milestone. The previous quickest player to reach 750 career three-pointers was Stephen Curry, who did so in 291 games.

The Miami Heat, who are an NBA-best 18-1 at home this season, will host the Sacramento Kings on Monday night in a game of opposites.

Sacramento has lost four straight games overall, and the Kings are 7-14 on the road.

Miami is coming off a 107-102 loss to the Spurs in San Antonio on Sunday afternoon and will be missing a few weapons in the second game of their back-to-back on Monday.

Rookie Tyler Herro, Miami's first-round pick and a sweet-shooting guard, was limited to eight minutes in the San Antonio game due to a bruised left knee. Starting forward Justise Winslow, who has played in just 11 games this season because of back and concussion issues, is expected to miss at least two more weeks.

Fortunately for the Heat, they have been able to count on shooting guard Jimmy Butler as well as versatile center Bam Adebayo and rookie guard Kendrick Nunn.

Butler, an eight-year veteran, leads the Heat in scoring (20.2 points), assists (6.4) and steals (1.9). He had a lot of praise for Nunn when asked about the rookie last week.

"He just works," Butler said of Nunn, who is averaging 23.3 points over his past four games. "He's constantly working on his game, which is why he will be in this league for a long time."

Adebayo, who had 21 points, a game-high 16 rebounds and a team-high-tying six assists on Sunday, has proved to be a revelation as a first-year, full-time starter in the NBA.

Another key for Miami is reserve point guard Goran Dragic, a former All-Star who is making a case for himself as the league's Sixth Man of the Year. He led all the bench scorers in the Spurs game with 19 points.

Meanwhile, the Kings were off on Sunday after Saturday's 123-101 loss to the Jazz in Utah.

"Sometimes we just don't communicate," said 6-11, 240-pound center Marvin Bagley III, who left Saturday's game after apparently aggravating a left foot injury. "If we keep allowing that to happen, we're going to get beat all game long like we did (at Utah)."

Bagley, the second overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, played 30 minutes on Saturday. He is fifth on the Kings in scoring (14.2 points) and second in rebounds (6.8). His status for Monday was unknown on Sunday.

Another injured King is 6-10, 240-pound power forward Richaun Holmes, who is having a career year. He has started 33 games and is averaging 13.1 points and a team-leading 8.5 rebounds. However, Holmes is out for at least two weeks due to a shoulder injury.

But point guard De'Aaron Fox said he is willing to shoulder the burden for the Kings. In eight games this month, he's averaging 23.8 points, 8.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds.

"It's stuff that I knew I could always do, it's just being more consistent," Fox said recently, per NBC Sports. "Continuing to make shots, get to the basket, get to the free throw line, things of that nature. Just trying to help my team win ball games."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 19, 2020

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