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Kings vs. Hornets watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Kings vs. Hornets watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SACRAMENTO -- Looking to extend their win streak on their homecourt to three games and move back over the .500 mark on the season, the Sacramento Kings host the Charlotte Hornets Saturday at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings pounded the Detroit Pistons in their last game out, leading wire-to-wire in the 112-102 victory. It was a team effort for Sacramento after a disappointing loss to the Suns on Tuesday. They crushed Detroit on the glass and received scoring output from almost every player that stepped on the court.

Charlotte has dropped three out of four on their season-long six-game road trip out west. Kemba Walker is having another stellar season for the Hornets, averaging just under 25 points per game and Jeremy Lamb is posting a breakout year in his seventh season in the league.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

The Trail Blazers roll into Sacramento on Monday to finish the three-game stand. Like Detroit and Charlotte, they will play the Kings on the second night of a back-to-back. Following the Blazers game, Sacramento heads out on a season-long, six-game road trip.

Line

Kings +5.5

Projected Lineups

Kings

PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Hornets

PG Kemba Walker
SG Jeremy Lamb
SF Nicolas Batum
PF Marvin Williams
C Bismack Biyombo

Injury Report

Kings 

No Injuries to report.

Hornets

PG Tony Parker (rest) out, C Cody Zeller (hand) out.

Rotation Outlook

Kings: Dave Joerger's group is getting healthy at the right time. For the second straight game, they come with a full roster of players to work with and they are well rested. 

Sacramento is coming off a quality win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. Buddy Hield led the way with 18 points, but seven Kings players in double-figures to help propel the team to victory.

Joerger turned to rookies Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley as his two bigs off the bench against the Pistons. Giles responded by stuffing the stat sheet 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 22 minutes. Bagley added 10 points and seven rebounds after sitting out Tuesday's game in Phoenix.

Hornets: In his first season at the helm in Charlotte, former Spurs assistant, James Borrego has his team at the back end of the Eastern Conference playoff chase. They rank 10th in the league in scoring at 112.5 points per game and 21st in points allowed with an identical 112.5 points per game. The Hornet are in the middle in the back in pace and they take care of the ball, leading the league with just 12.2 turnovers per game.

Once you get past the starting backcourt of Walker and Lamb, the Hornets struggle to score. Batum, 30, has trailed off considerably as a scorer in his 11th NBA season, posting just 8.8 points in 30.7 minutes per game. The dip in production is not what Charlotte expected when they inked the small forward to a 5-year, $120 million deal in 2016. Batum is making $24 million this season and owed nearly $53 million over the next two seasons.  

Tony Parker will sit out the game to rest up for his return to San Antonio. The 36-year-old guard has been solid in a reserve roll, averaging 9.4 points and 3.8 assists in 18.6 minutes per game. This is his first year with the Hornets after spending the previous 17 seasons with the Spurs.

Kings vs. Nets live stream: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

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Kings vs. Nets live stream: How to watch NBA game online on MyTeams

Coming off one of the most exciting wins of the season, the Kings (24-22) look to make it two in a row when they face the Nets (24-23) Monday in Brooklyn

The Kings' matinee on Martin Luther King Jr. Day won't be easy though. The Nets have won three in a row and have been on of the most surprising teams in the NBA. 

Fans should see an exciting battle of young backcourts in De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield versus D'Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie. Who will come out on top? 

We're about to find out.

Here's how you can watch Kings-Nets, as well as NBC Sports California's pregame and postgame coverage, live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app. 

When: 12:30 p.m. PT on Monday, Jan. 21 (pregame show starts at 12:00 p.m.)
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game here.

Kings vs. Nets watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Kings vs. Nets watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

Fresh off a wild come from behind victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, the Sacramento Kings get back to action Monday in a Martin Luther Kings Jr. Day matinee versus the Brooklyn Nets.

Buddy Hield lifted the Kings over the Pistons with a stunning 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving Sacramento a 103-101 victory. Hield dropped in 15 of his team-high 35 points in the final 3:53 of the fourth quarter.

Like Sacramento, the Nets are surprising teams around the league with their gritty play. Brooklyn's won three straight, including victories over the Celtics, Rockets and Magic.

D'Angelo Russell is having a breakout season for the Nets, posting 19 points a game as the team's starting point guard. Spencer Dinwiddie is providing the punch off the bench, averagin 17.1 points per game in a reserve role.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 12:00 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 12:30. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

Sacramento continues their six-game road trip on Tuesday with a back-to-back against the first place Toronto Raptors. They'll hit Memphis on Friday and finish off the trip Sunday with a stop in Los Angeles.

Line

Nets +3

Projected Lineups

Kings

PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Nets

PG D'Angelo Russell
SG Joe Harris
SF Treveon Graham
PF Rodions Kuruks
C Jarrett Allen

Injury Report

Kings 

No injuries to report.

Nets

SG Allen Crabbe (knee) out, SF Caris Lavert (foot) out, SF Chris Dudley (hamstring) out, SG Dzanan Musa (shoulder) out.

Rotation Outlook

Kings: The cardiac Kings continue to shock the league with their pace and style of play. Coach Dave Joerger's group is sixth in the league in scoring, averaging 114 points per game. They've made improvements on the defensive side of the ball, but they are still a work in progress.

Rookie Marvin Bagley started in the second half of the team's win over the Pistons, giving the team a glimpse into the near future. The 19-year-old scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed two rebounds in 27 minutes of action.

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Hield continues to pace the team in scoring at 20.5 points per game. In the month of January, the third-year shooting guard is averaging 23.4 points on 53.6 percent shooting from the field and 56.1 percent shooting from long range.

Nets: Brooklyn hit the reboot button a few years back hoping to rebuild their culture and talent base. They've shown massive improvement this season and currently sit in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference standings at 24-23.

Kenny Atkinson's group doesn't blow you away statistically. They rank 16th in the league in scoring and 21st in points allowed. They play at the NBA's 20th slowest pace and sit near the bottom of the league in steals and blocks.

The Nets love to hoist 3-pointers, averaging 34.5 attempts per game. They hit 36.3 percent from long range, which is good enough for seventh in the league.