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Gameday: Chance to hit reset button will come after Kings host Bulls

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Gameday: Chance to hit reset button will come after Kings host Bulls

SACRAMENTO -- The NBA schedule keeps rolling on. For the third time in four nights, the Sacramento Kings will host a team at Golden 1 Center. A struggling Chicago Bulls team comes in beat up and  short-handed Monday evening, trying to snap a six-game losing streak.

Sacramento looked great through three quarters Saturday night against the Mavericks, shooting over 63 percent from the floor over the game’s first 36 minutes. Then they seemed to run out of gas. A long road trip followed by a back-to-back at home has the Kings “mentally fatigued.” They’ll have three days off after playing Chicago to try and hit the reset button.

The Bulls have lost six in a row coming into Monday’s matchup. They will play without rookie phenom, Lauri Markkanen and they traded leading scorer, Nikola Mirotic, to the Pelicans last Thursday.

BETTING LINE

Kings by 2.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Bogdan Bogdanovic vs. Zach LaVine -- Bogdanovic looks like a keeper in his first season in the NBA. After putting up big numbers in January, the 25-year-old Serbian has struggled to score over the last week, scoring in double-figures in just two of his last six games. He’ll be tested Monday night when the high-flying LaVine rolls into Golden 1 Center. Since returning from a devastating knee injury, LaVine has started 10 games for the Bulls. He’s posting 14.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game as Chicago attempts to bring him back slowly after nearly a year off.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 16-36, fifth place in Pacific

Bulls: 18-34, fifth place in Central

INJURY REPORT

Kings: PF Skal Labissiere (shoulder strain) out 1-2 weeks, PG Frank Mason (plantar fascia tear right heel) out, Malachi Richardson (ankle) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season.

Bulls: PG Kris Dunn (concussion) out, Lauri Markkanen (personal) out, PG Cameron Payne (foot) out, PG Jameer Nelson (newly acquired) questionable, C Omer Asik (newly acquired) questionable SG Tony Allen (newly acquired) questionable.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Home Cooking -- The Kings have dropped the first two games of the four game homestand and their fans could use a little love. They played well through three quarters against Dallas, but the fourth was abysmal and fans headed for the doors early.

Take Advantage of a Wounded Opponent -- For one reason or another, the Bulls are without three of their top four scorers. They’ve lost six straight and they are finishing a three game road trip on the west coast. This is a winnable game on their home floor for the Kings.

Toughen Up -- In a reoccuring theme for the season, head coach Dave Joerger said the Mavs out physicaled his team Saturday night. The Kings have to learn how to push back as they develop in the second half of the season.

SERIES HISTORY

The Kings snapped their five game losing streak to the Bull on the first of December, coming away with a 107-106 win to take a 1-0 advantage in the season series. Chicago holds an 82-76 lead in the all-time series and a 35-29 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

After getting stitched up, De'Aaron Fox cleared to play in Rising Stars Game

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After getting stitched up, De'Aaron Fox cleared to play in Rising Stars Game

De’Aaron Fox ran the gamut of emotions Wednesday. He got the call early in the day that he was added to the Rising Stars Game as an injury replacement for the Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Lonzo Ball. But a spill late in Houston in front of his hometown crowd put everything on hold.

After being evaluated by the Kings medical staff this morning in Sacramento, the team has tentatively cleared their young guard for action in this weekend’s All-Star festivities. 

“Barring any changes in his condition, Fox is expected to play in the Risings Stars Game in L.A. on Friday evening,” the team said via text.  

With 34.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Fox hit the floor hard, banging both his chin and forehead on the Toyota Center floor. The Kings starting point guard required stitches above his right eye and on his chin. 

The 20-year-old out of Kentucky is posting 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game for Sacramento. 

He, along with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield are scheduled to play in the Rising Stars Game together, giving the team three players in the event for the first time in franchise history.

De'Aaron Fox's All-Star weekend plans in limbo after late spill in Kings' loss

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De'Aaron Fox's All-Star weekend plans in limbo after late spill in Kings' loss

Good news, bad news. De’Aaron Fox ran the gamut of emotions Wednesday. He got the call early in the day that he was added to the Rising Stars Game as an injury replacement for the Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Lonzo Ball. But a spill late in Houston has everything on hold.

With 34.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Fox hit the floor hard, banging both his chin and forehead on the Toyota Center floor. The Kings starting point guard required stitches above his right eye and on his chin. 

There is no word yet from the team on his availability going forward, including Friday’s Rising Stars game in LA. 

The 20-year-old out of Kentucky is posting 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game for Sacramento. 

He, along with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield are all scheduled to play in the Rising Stars game, giving the team three players in the event for the first time in franchise history.