Alexander Vezenkov and his Sacramento Kings teammates take on the Houston Rockets in their next NBA regular season game. The meeting will take place next night at 2:00 Bulgarian time in the Toyota Center hall in Texas. This is the first of two back-to-back games the Rockets and Kings will play in the coming days, with the second coming Tuesday morning at 3:00, again on Rockets turf.
Houston finally snapped a three-game losing streak with a 128-119 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday morning. It was a debut success for the new Rockets head coach Ime Udoka, who took over the team last summer. Before that, the Texans started the campaign with losses to Orlando 86-116, San Antino 122-126 in overtime and Golden State 95-106.
Sacramento, on the other hand, recorded two wins and two losses this season. The team got off to a successful start to the campaign with a 130-114 victory over the Utah Jazz, followed by losses to the Golden State Warriors 114-122 and 101-102, the latter with a last-second basket by Klay Thompson. Between the two games with the “Warriors”, the Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 132:127 after overtime.
Historically, Sacramento has played fairly well against a rebuilding Houston team in recent years. The “Kings” have six consecutive victories against the “Rockets”, and their last loss against this opponent dates back to January 17, 2022.
Alexander Vezenkov will once again get a serious role in the rotation of the Kings, as the winger Trey Lyles will not be in the ranks of the team tonight. The Bulgarian international needs a strong performance against the Rockets to consolidate the good impressions of his first games, in which he twice reached the double-digit mark. In the last matchup against the Warriors, however, the EuroLeague MVP scored just 2 points on 1/6 shooting.
A basket at the last second made Vezenkov and Sacramento cry
So tonight, Vezenkov will face one of the most progressive players in the season in the NBA – the Turkish national Alperen Shengyun, who averaged 19.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists for the Texans. The Rockets also feature guards Fred VanVleet and Jaylen Green, who can make life difficult for any opponent on their day.