LOS ANGELES -- After stealing a win over the Lakers with an incredible buzzer-beating shot by Bogdan Bogdanovic on Thursday, the same two teams will matchup again on Sunday. Riding the hot shooting of Bogdanovic, the Kings erased a 15-point fourth quarter deficit to stun Los Angeles and send them home stewing.
Bogdanovic was the hero of the night, but the Kings received solid contributions from starters De'Aaron Fox, Nemanja Bjelica, Iman Shumpert and Willie Cauley-Stein. Justin Jackson also provided a presence off the bench and hit three free throws to tie the game in the final minute.
It's a pivotal game for both teams. They are separated by just a half game in the standings and they have split the first two games of the season series.
Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:00 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 6:30. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams app.
Following the game, the Kings return home to Sacramento where they'll open the new year Tuesday against the Trail Blazers in the first of four on their home court.
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein
PG Lonzo Ball
SG Josh Hart
SF Brandon Ingram
PF Kyle Kuzma
C Ivica Zubac
PF Marvin Bagley III (left knee) out.
F LeBron James (groin) out, PG Rajon Rondo (hand) out, C JaVale McGee (respiratory infection) out, Michael Beasley (personal) out.
Kings: Dave Joerger's club finally got in a practice on Saturday afternoon before hopping a flight to LA. They worked on a few defensive issues and took a look at adjustments they could make against the Lakers after playing them earlier in the week.
Buddy Hield struggled in the team's back-to-back games this week, scoring a combined 17 points on 6-for-26 shooting from the field and 0-of-8 from behind the arc. He's failed to hit a 3-pointer over the stretch as both LA squads made a concerted effort to slow him.
Harry Giles is back with the parent club after spending Friday night in Stockton with the Kings' G League affiliate. The 20-year-old big scored 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists and blocked three shots in 23 minutes for the Stockton Kings in their win over the Agua Caliente Clippers.
Lakers: Luke Walton used his team's size and length to their advantage on Thursday night with Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram both having big performances. Expect more of the same Sunday evening at Staples Center.
With Rajon Rondo on the shelf long term, it's Lonzo Ball's show to run, at least until LeBron James is back to full strength. Ball barely missed a triple-double on Thursday, finishing with 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds in 37 minutes of action.
Expect the Lakers to make Hield a focal point again in this matchup. They have physical players to run at the Kings' leading scorer in Josh Hart and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope