The Sacramento Kings have shown some consistency in the two weeks since coach Luke Walton was fired. There's still plenty of room for improvement, however, and beating the Los Angeles Clippers in back-to-back games would be a major step in the right direction. The Kings are scheduled to host the Clippers on Saturday night, three days after beating them 124-115 in Los Angeles.
The Boston Celtics face a quick turnaround as they play the second of five games on their Western Conference road trip on Saturday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite a game-high 37 points from star Jayson Tatum, the Celtics were unable to keep up with the free-firing Utah Jazz in a 137-130 defeat on Friday in Salt Lake City. The loss was Boston's third in five games after the Celtics won six of eight.
The Golden State Warriors will be riding high after a huge win when they host the surging San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in San Francisco. Less than 24 hours earlier, Golden State beat Phoenix 118-96, snapping the Suns' franchise-record, 18-game winning streak. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 23 points.