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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.

Why Kings' De'Aaron Fox prefers playing in Sacramento than bigger-markets

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Why Kings' De'Aaron Fox prefers playing in Sacramento than bigger-markets

When you think of De'Aaron Fox, you think of a superstar. But a bigger stage isn't something he desires.

Recently, Fox was hanging out in a rented, beachside condo in San Clemente, Calif. talking to One37pm's Corban Goble. The Kings guard was playing on a grand piano. And despite being in Southern California, playing some keys from John Legend's "All of Me," he likes where he's at, cozy in Sacramento.

“I don’t crave to be in a big market,” Fox said. “After last season, there was a buzz in Sacramento. Everyone in Sacramento is a Kings fan. If we start making the playoffs, or if we become a championship contender, the entire city is going to go nuts. That’s the difference between a big market and a small one.”

The Kings finished the 2019-20 season 39-43 due to an impressive sophomoric outing from Fox who averaged 17.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

If Fox continues on his superstar trajectory, he might have to put those low-key desires to the test. 

But Fox's go-with-the-flow mentality is one to be admired.

[RELATED: How Fox celebrated contract signing with agent]

He could have gone to Los Angeles or San Diego to be in the middle of it all, but San Clemente was the "laid-back" way Fox prefers.

It appears Fox not only loves the idea of playing for Sacramento but for the people of the city as well.

Kings players roast Bobby Jackson after awful first pitch attempt

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Kings players roast Bobby Jackson after awful first pitch attempt

Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game is an honor, but it's certainly not one of the easiest tasks.

Just trust us on this one. 

It adds excess pressure to the situation when you're an athlete. Perhaps you feel your inherent athletic ability will make it easy for you to throw in there for a strike ... right? Well, when it comes to Bobby Jackson, that's not the case.

The former Sacramento Kings player turned assistant player development coach threw out the first pitch for the Giants' Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats recently, and well ...

He bounced it and it went way outside (or inside to a lefty batter). He also lost his sunglasses. Clearly, there was a lot going on.

[RELATED: Fox, Barnes have 3-point contest after USA practice]

And despite the way the pitch went, the torment wasn't over. Harry Giles, Buddy Hield and Kyle Guy all made sure to chime in after witnessing the display, and they weren't too nice about it. 

It's not as easy as it looks, folks.