LOS ANGELES -- Looking for a third straight win, the Sacramento Kings venture to Los Angeles to face LeBron James and the struggling Lakers on Sunday evening at Staples Center.
Buddy Hield had a magical night against the Suns on Saturday. The third-year pro hit three 3-pointers early in the game to surpass Peja Stojakovic for the Kings' all-time record for most makes from behind the arc in a single season.
The Lakers are spiraling during the post-All-Star break schedule. They sit at 31-41 on the season, which puts them in 11th place in the Western Conference.
Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:00 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
Following the game against the Lakers, the Kings fly to Dallas for leg two of their five-game trip. They'll make stops in New Orleans, Houston, and San Antonio before returning home to face the Rockets on April 2 at Golden 1 Center.
Kings by 1.5
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Harrison Barnes
PF Nemanja Bjelcia
C Willie Cauley-Stein
PG Rajon Rondo
SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF LeBron James
PF Kyle Kuzma
C JaVale McGee
C Harry Giles (quad contusion) out.
F LeBron James (knee) probable, C Mike Muscala (tendonitis) questionable, PG Lonzo Ball (ankle) out, G Josh Hart (knee) out, SF Brandon Ingram (blood clots) out.
Dave Joerger will likely run the same lineup out on the floor that he has over the last six games. Nemanja Bjelica put up big numbers against Phoenix starting at the four, finishing the evening with 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in the win.
Giles will miss a second straight game with a thigh contusion. The injury is not considered serious.
With Giles sidelined, Joerger turned to veteran Kosta Koufos to fill the void. After being healthy scratch in 10 of his last 11 games, the veteran played well in his 13 minutes of action, scoring four points and grabbing four rebounds while limiting Deandre Ayton.
Los Angeles is just trying to survive the season. A series of injuries to their young players have Luke Walton's group scrambling. The Lakers have dropped five straight and 10 of their previous 11 games and have officially been eliminated from the postseason.
McGee posted a huge 33-point, 20-rebound, 6-block performance in the Lakers loss to the Nets on Friday. The 11-year NBA veteran has had a solid season in his first season with the Lakers.