The Kings look to make it two in a row Monday night when they face the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on the second night of a back-to-back.
Sacramento is fresh off a 122-105 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. DeMarcus Cousins dropped in 37 points in the win and in doing so, he overtook Chris Webber for third place on the Kings’ all-time career scoring list during the Sacramento-era.
The Wizards have won three of their last five, but are coming off a 112-100 loss to the Spurs last time out. They have a strong starting five, but so far this season their bench has been less than stellar for new head coach Scott Brooks.
Wizards by 5
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Darren Collison vs. John Wall -- Collison continues to put up solid numbers for Sacramento after missing the team’s first eight games of the season. He’s started four straight in the backcourt for coach Dave Joerger and comes in averaging 13.7 points and 5.1 assists per night. Similar to other top-flight guards the Kings have faced in the past week, Wall is a combination of scorer and distributor, posting 23.5 points and 8.7 assists a night. Once again, Collison has his job cut out for him.
WHERE THEY STAND:
Kings: 7-10, fourth place in Pacific
Wizards: 5-10, fourth place in Southeast
Kings: No injuries to report.
Wizards: SG Danuel House (wrist) out.
These two teams split the season series 1-1 last year with each team protecting their home court. The Kings hold a 104-88 advantage all-time over the Wizards and a 31-29 lead during the Sacramento-era.
“The biggest thing is staying poised. They hit us a few times tonight, we stayed poised, got back on track and pulled out a solid win.” -Cousins on the win over the Nets