Game 11 Preview: Pelicans at Kings

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins horses around with New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis. (Photo: Jonathan Santiago)

Game time: 7:00 p.m. PDT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, Ca.

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television), NBA TV

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (6-4)

PG: Darren Collison
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

New Orleans Pelicans Probable Starters (5-4)

PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Eric Gordon
SF: Tyreke Evans
PF: Anthony Davis
C: Alexis Ajinca

Three things to ponder

1. Pressuring the rock

The Pelicans care for the ball like a parent protects his or her child, ranking second in the NBA in turnovers per game (11) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.13). New Orleans also converts its possessions into made baskets, sitting seventh in field-goal percentage (46.6) and 10th in 3-point percentage (37) to produce the eighth-highest scoring offense in the league. Sacramento must find a way to throw off the Pelicans’ rhythm and create havoc in New Orleans’ half-court sets.

2. Slowing the fours

Jason Thompson and the rest of the Kings forwards have a strenuous task at hand. They will be responsible for guarding Anthony Davis, a two-way star with very few holes in his game, and stretch big Ryan Anderson, a deadly sniper who can tussle down low as well. Michael Malone will likely have to throw multiple bodies at them.

3. Three Kings

Ex-Kings Tyreke Evans, Jimmer Fredette and John Salmons return to the arena they once called home. The trio’s motivations are clear, but the current Kings may want to make a statement of their own. Their effectiveness facing former teammates who know their tendencies well is worth monitoring.

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About: Rui Thomas

Rui Thomas is a writer and reporter for Cowbell Kingdom. He previously covered the Sacramento Kings and the NBA for Sports Out West. He is published by Sports Illustrated’s Truth and Rumors and Yahoo Sports NFL among others.