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

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

SACRAMENTO -- The Kings look to get back on the winning track Monday evening at Golden 1 Center when they host the Orlando Magic. Sacramento is in the midst of their first four-game losing streak of the season and they have fallen below the .500 mark for the first time since late November.

The Kings lost a good old fashion shootout Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors. The two teams set a new NBA record, combining to hit 41 3-point shots on the evening. Buddy Hield led the way for Sacramento, scoring 32 points on the evening, but he was held scoreless in the fourth quarter as the Warriors.

Orlando is facing the Kings on the second night of a back-to-back. They dropped Sunday's matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers and are now just 3-7 over their last 10 games.

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.

After finishing their four-game homestand, the Kings hit the road for Phoenix where they'll play the Suns on Tuesday on the second night of a back-to-back. They'll return home following the game where they'll start another three game homestand beginning Thursday against the Detroit Pistons.

Line

Kings +5.5

Projected Lineups

Kings

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

Magic

PG D.J. Augustine
SG Evan Fournier
SF Jonathan Isaac
PF Aaron Gordon
C Nikola Vucevic

Injury Report

Kings 

SF Iman Shumpert (finger) out.

Magic

C Timofey Mozgov (knee) out.

Rotation Outlook

Kings: With Shumpert out again, Dave Joerger will likely turn to Bogdan Bogdanovic on the wing to start the game. Expect to see plenty of Justin Jackson as Joerger tries to get more length at the small forward position.

Jackson is coming off a career-high 28-point performance against the Warriors. He's provided a nice defensive presence for the Kings and when he's hitting his perimeter shot, he becomes a valuable piece to the team's run and gun system.

Bagley has been cleared for duty and is expected to see time against the Magic. The rookie big is averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds in 23.1 minutes off the Kings' bench this season.

Magic: Steve Clifford has his Magic team off to a better than expected start, although they've struggled as of late. He's a defensive minded coach and he has a team filled with long athletes.

Orlando ranks 27th in the league in points per game, scoring just 103.4 a night. They hold teams to 107.8 points per game, which ranks eighth overall in the NBA, but they are 14th in defensive rating and 26th in pace.

Vucevic has been a beast for the Magic. The 28-year-old center is averaging 20.2 points, 12 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for Orlando. The last time he faced the Kings, he posted 15 points and 15 rebounds in 27 minutes of action.

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.