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NBA Gameday: All eyes on star big men Cousins and Davis

NBA Gameday: All eyes on star big men Cousins and Davis

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings have won two straight in dramatic fashion heading into Sunday’s matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans. They draw a team that began the season 0-8, but have played much better over the last few months.

Sacramento erased a 22-point deficit Friday evening to stun the Hawks and improve to 3-2 on their current homestand. Darren Collison, Ben McLemore and DeMarcus Cousins each scored 22 points and veteran Anthony Tolliver knocked down five 3-pointers to finish with 15 as the Kings beat a top tier Eastern Conference opponent for the third time in the last four games.

Anthony Davis posted 42 points and 13 rebounds in the Pelicans 122-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Jrue Holiday added 25 points and 12 assists and rookie Buddy Hield chipped in 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

OPENING LINE 

Kings by 3.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

DeMarcus Cousins vs. Anthony Davis -- While these two players are on these two teams, this will always be the matchup to watch. Cousins struggled in his first game back from suspension Friday night against Atlanta, shooting just 6-of-17 from the field while turning the ball over nine times. He still managed to score 22 points, grab 11 rebounds and dish out seven assists in the win. 

Davis is starting over Cousins in the All-Star game, which sets up an interesting back story. The talented big has stayed healthy for one of the few seasons in his career and the numbers he’s posting are huge. The 23-year-old center is averaging a career best 27.9 points to go with 12.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. 

WHERE THEY STAND 

Kings: 22-32, third place in Pacific

Pelicans: 21-33, fifth place in Southwest

INJURY REPORT 

Kings: PG Ty Lawson (strained adductor) questionable, G/F Garrett Temple (torn left hamstring) out until after All-Star break, F Omri Casspi (right calf strain) out, F Rudy Gay (torn left Achilles) out for season.

Pelicans: G Tyreke Evans (ankle) probable, F Terrence Jones (thumb) questionable, E'Twaun Moore  (personal) doubtful, Quincy Pondexter (knee) out. 

SERIES HISTORY 

The Pelicans swept the season series 4-0 last year, but the Kings took the first of three matchups this season in early November by a final of 102-94. New Orleans holds a 41-38 lead in the all-time series between these two clubs.   

QUOTE

“I don’t know how to be myself anymore, that’s something I’ll have to figure out. Hopefully it’s for the better.” -DeMarcus Cousins on adjusting to playing with 16 technical fouls

Kings' 2018-19 schedule has fewer back-to-backs, but start is road heavy

Kings' 2018-19 schedule has fewer back-to-backs, but start is road heavy

Basketball season is just around the corner. Well, maybe not. We’re still nearly five weeks away from the opening of training camp for the 2018-19 season, and the regular season doesn’t begin until mid-October. 

On Friday, the NBA announced the 82 game schedule for all 30 teams, including the Sacramento Kings, who will open the season at home Oct. 17 against Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz.

Here are some of the nuts and bolts from this season’s campaign.

•    For the second season in a row, the Kings will play only one set of five-games-in-seven-nights, and that comes at the tail end of March and into early April. This is part of the NBA’s new plan of allowing players more time to rest. The league has eliminated the dreaded four-games-in-five-nights grouping from the schedule as well.

•    Sacramento will have 14 sets of back-to-backs, two shy of last season’s total of 16 sets. Of those 14 sets, one is home-and-home, seven are away-and-away, two are away-and-home and four are home-and-away.

•    After a balanced November and December schedule, the Kings will hit the road for their longest trip away from home in mid-January, stopping in Charlotte, Detroit, Brooklyn, Toronto, Memphis and Los Angeles (Clippers) from Jan. 17 to Jan. 27. 

•    The Kings’ longest homestand will be six games and come on the heels of their longest road trip. From Jan. 30 through Feb. 10, Sacramento will host the Hawks, 76ers, Spurs, Rockets, Heat and Suns at Golden 1 Center. 

•    Sacramento will play seven of its first 10 games away from Golden 1 Center. With plenty of new faces expected to see time in the rotation, the young Kings will have to learn on the fly while traveling around the NBA landscape.   

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There are plenty of games to look forward to as well, beginning with opening night. There are old faces in new places and plenty of intrigue.

•    Sacramento will match up with the two-time reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors four times this season. The initial battle is set for Nov. 24 at Oracle, with a follow-up three weeks on Dec. 14 at Golden 1 Center. The teams will meet again Jan. 5 at Golden 1 and then finish the series in the first game coming out of the All-Star break on Feb. 21. It likely won’t happen early in the season, but at some point, former Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins will make his debut as a member of the Warriors, which should be fun to watch.

•    The Kings will face off with the new-look Los Angeles Lakers four times as well, beginning on Nov. 11 at home. The Lakers have made substantial changes to their roster, including the addition of LeBron James. These teams will play each other again twice in late December before completing the series March 24 in L.A. 

•    Isaiah Thomas joined forces during the offseason with former Kings coach Michael Malone in Denver. Sacramento will play the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Oct. 23 and then again on Jan. 3 at Golden 1 Center and Feb. 13 back in Denver.

•    The Kings will have to wait until Dec. 4 to get their first look at No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton when they travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena to face the Suns. They’ll see No. 3 overall selection Luka Doncic on Dec. 16 when they stop over in Dallas for a game against the Mavs.

Below is the complete Kings 2018-19 schedule, with all times local to where the game is played:

Report: Lil Wayne is suing Kings guard Frank Mason III

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Report: Lil Wayne is suing Kings guard Frank Mason III

Second-year Sacramento Kings pro Frank Mason III is being sued by rap star Lil Wayne. Seriously. 

The 24-year-old guard is being sued for $92,000 and must give back his Young Money diamond chain, according to TMZ Sports.

Before the Kings selected Mason in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, Lil Wayne's agency, Young Money APAA Sports Group, signed the former Kansas star. The agency reportedly gave Mason $40,000 in advance, paid his pre-draft expenses which totaled $52,000 and gave him an $11,000 diamond chain. 

However, Mason's contract reportedly stated if he left the agency, Mason would have to repay the money and give back the chain. This past April, Mason left the agency. 

Mason signed a three-year, $4,181,147 contract with the Kings after the 2017 draft. He is guaranteed $2,562,627.