The Kings are home for another four contests before heading out for another long road trip and they are looking to snap a three-game losing streak. DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay lead Sacramento into battle against a Los Angeles Clippers team that the Kings, and plenty of others around the Association, love to hate.
After another slow start against the Spurs on Wednesday, Sacramento’s Dave Joerger insinuated that changes to the lineup are on the table. The Kings’ head coach is notoriously quiet about who starts and who sits, waiting until the last possible moment to list the lineup.
Los Angeles is fresh off a heartbreaking last minute loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Marc Gasol drained a 3-pointer from the baseline to snap the Clippers nine-game winning streak, sending them to just their second loss of the young season.
Clippers by 7
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Darren Collison vs. Chris Paul -- Whether Collison starts or comes off the bench, he is Sacramento’s best hope for slowing the nine-time All-Star. The two guards know each well after spending time as teammates both in New Orleans and in Los Angeles. Collison is averaging 11.3 points and 5.8 assists in 29.5 minutes per game through his first four contests of the season. Paul has played extremely well, posting 18.3 points, 8.3 assists and leading the NBA with 3.1 steals per game.
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 4-8, fourth place in Pacific
Clippers: 10-2, first place in Pacific
Kings: No injuries to report.
Clippers: F Brice Johnson (back) out, F Wes Johnson (foot) out, F Paul Pierce (ankle) out.
The Clippers took three out of four against the Kings last season, including a 117-107 win at Sleep Train Arena in late February. During the Sacramento-era, the Kings hold a 69-63 advantage and they lead the Clippers 113-86 all-time.
“Right now, they’re one of the top three teams in the West. They’re firing on all cylinders. They’re scoring. They have a lot of corporate knowledge, they’ve played together for a long time.” -Joerger on the Clippers