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

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

SACRAMENTO -- After snapping their four-game losing streak Monday evening against the Magic, the Sacramento Kings hopped a jet a for Phoenix where they'll play the Phoenix Suns on the second night of a back-to-back.

With a win, Sacramento would cement a .500 record at the midway point of the season for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

De'Aaron Fox shook off a string of bumps and bruises to post 20 points and five steals in just 23 minutes of action. Bogdan Bogdanovic stuffed the stat sheet and Willie Cauley-Stein dropped in a double-double in 17 minutes as the Kings finished off the Magic early.

Phoenix currently sits at the bottom of the Western Conference standings at 9-32. They've lost six straight and will likely be without leading scorer, Devin Booker.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 5:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 6. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

Following the game in Phoenix, the Kings return home where they'll start a three-game homestand beginning Thursday against the Detroit Pistons. They'll host the Hornets and Trail Blazers before heading out on a season-long, six-game road trip.

Line

Kings +3.5

Projected Lineups

Kings

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

Suns

PG De'Anthony Melton
SG Josh Jackson
SF Mikal Bridges
PF T.J. Warren
C Deandre Ayton

Injury Report

Kings 

PF Marvin Bagley III (return from injury management) out, SF Iman Shumpert (finger) out.

Suns

SG Devin Booker (back) gametime decision.

Rotation Outlook

Kings: Marvin Bagley was active and ran the floor well in his first game back from injury against Orlando, but the Kings plan to hold him out on the second night of a back-to-back. His absence opens the door for Harry Giles to potentially get a longer look. Giles has strung together a handful of quality outings and is starting to look extremely comfortable on the court.

Shumpert will miss his third straight game with a finger issue. Dave Jeorger has turned to Bogdan Bogdanovic as his starter in Shupert's absence.

Hield is on fire from the perimeter over his last five games, knocking down 25-of-47 from behind the 3-point line.

Suns: Phoenix is struggling. They rank 26th in the league in both points scored and points allowed. The Suns turn the ball over at a high clip, rank near the bottom in rebounding and lead the league in fouls per game.

If Booker can't go, Igor Kokoskov will turn to a combination of players to fill the void at the two, including Josh Jackson and veteran Jamal Crawford.

Kings takeaways: What we learned from 123-94 loss to Nets on MLK Day

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Kings takeaways: What we learned from 123-94 loss to Nets on MLK Day

BOX SCORE

Beatdown in Brooklyn. The Sacramento Kings went into halftime with a lead and then never showed up for the final 24 minutes of the game Monday at Barclays Center. 

The Nets were the better team for most of the night as they ran Sacramento over by a final of 123-94.

D’Angelo Russell torched the Kings for 31 points on 7-of-14 from behind the arc. Joe Harris added 19 points and Rodions Kurucs ran through Sacramento’s defense for 16. 

Here are three takeaways as the Kings get embarrassed in Brooklyn to fall to 24-23 on the season.

Third Quarter Collapse

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Kings take a lead into halftime, only to give it all away in the third quarter. 

Through the first couple of months of the season, the Kings owned the third quarter. That hasn’t been the case in January. After leading 60-55 heading to the intermission, the ball got sticky and the shots didn’t fall in the third. 

Like most games this season, the Kings allowed their offensive woes to carry over to the defensive end. Brooklyn outscored Sacramento 38-25 in the third to take a 93-85 lead into the fourth. Russell got hot and the Kings didn’t have an answer.

Defensive? 

Sacramento lost their defense somewhere between Detroit and Brooklyn. Playing against a solid offensive club, the Kings couldn’t stay in front of anyone.

They made some adjustments in the second quarter, but they never figured out the counter move from the Nets coaching staff.

When Brooklyn wasn’t running layup lines past Sacramento’s guards, they were firing away from behind the arc with deadly accuracy. 

If the Kings want to compete for a playoff spot, they have to find a way to stop someone. The effort was bad, the rotations were slow and the rebounding was atrocious. 

Bogdanovic at the point

Bogdan Bogdanovic is the Kings’ most versatile player and against the Nets, he took on the role of distributor.

Coach Dave Joerger turned to his super-sub off the bench early and he instantly opened up the Kings’ offense. He got everyone involved, including Willie Cauley-Stein, who went on a dunking binge in the second quarter. 

Bogdanovic finished the game with 22 points, a career-high 11 assists and six rebounds in the loss.

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.