Gametime: 7:00 pm PST
Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA
Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Television)
Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (11-22)
Orlando Magic Projected Starters (10-25)
What to watch
1. Who will guard DeMarcus Cousins?
If starting center Nikola Vucevic can’t go (concussion), the Orlando Magic may be in for a long night. Cousins is rolling right now and making his pitch to be included on the Western Conference All-Star team. If he has any chance of getting the nod, he needs to punish teams like the Magic and bring his teammates along for the ride.
2. How will the Kings fair against a three guard set?
Again, if Vucevich can’t go, coach Jacque Vaughn will turn to a starting lineup with three natural guards in Nelson, Oladipo and Afflalo. Will the Kings force the Magic to adjust to them, or will Orlando be forced to adjust to the Kings?
3. Thomas versus Nelson
This should be a fun game to watch. Neither Nelson, nor Thomas are known for their defensive prowess, but both guards can really fill it up. There is a true connection between these two players and a history. Thomas is on a tear, but can he get over on Nelson?