SACRAMENTO -- It’s all LA, all week long. After falling to the Lakers on Tuesday at Staples Center, the Kings return home to face the other team from Los Angeles on Thursday evening. Sacramento will host the first of two straight against the injury riddled Clippers with a 7 p.m. tip from Golden 1 Center.
The Kings recovered from a big deficit early against the Lakers, but struggled to find the bottom of the net. Sacramento forced the Lakers into 26 turnovers, but shot just 34.5 percent from the field in the loss.
Fresh off a stunning win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, the Clippers are rolling. Despite a long list of injuries, Los Angeles has won two straight and eight of their last 11 to jump up in the standings.
Kings by 1.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Everyone vs. Lou WIlliams -- Williams is on fire. The 13-year NBA veteran is fresh off a 50-point game against the Warriors and he’s having a breakout season at age 31. Over his last 10 games, Williams is posting 31.8 points per game. If he gets hot, it’s lights out for Sacramento.
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 13-27, fourth place in Pacific
Clippers: 19-21, second place in Pacific
Kings: PG Frank Mason III (plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out. Malachi Richardson and Georgios Papagiannis were allocated to the Reno Bighorns.
Clippers: PG Milos Teodosic (plantar fasciitis) questionable, SG Austin Rivers (Achilles) out, PF Blake Griffin (concussion) out, PG Patrick Beverley (knee) out, SF Danilo Gallinari (hip) out.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
Stopping the Supporting Cast -- The last time these two teams played, it was no-namers Jahmil Wilson and Montrezl Harrell who stole the show. Wilson is out of the NBA less than a month later. Harrell is a hustle player off the bench. Williams is going to get his, but the Kings can’t let role players go crazy.
More Fox -- De’Aaron Fox is finding a rhythm since returning from injury. He’s posted 15.3 points and six assists over his last four games and he’s starting to find his range from behind the arc. The Kings’ prized rookie has played aggressive on both sides of the ball and is beginning to show what kind of player he can be at the NBA level.
More Bogi -- Fox isn’t the only Kings rookie figuring out the transition to the NBA game. Bogdan Bogdanovic has taken on a much bigger role in George Hill’s absence. He’s scored in double figures in 11 of his last 15 games and he’s posted five assists or more five times over the last seven games. He’s a smart player that has shown a knack for making his teammates better.
The Clippers lead the season series 2-0 after taking down the Kings at Golden 1 Center on Dec. 26. The Clippers have won three straight over Sacramento and 10 in a row in the Capital City. The Kings hold a 69-64 lead during the Sacramento-era and a 113-87 advantage all-time.