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.
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein
PG D.J. Augustine
SG Evan Fournier
SF Jonathan Isaac
PF Aaron Gordon
C Nikola Vucevic
SF Iman Shumpert (finger) out.
C Timofey Mozgov (knee) out.
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.