Game 31 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Brooklyn Nets
Game time: 4:30 p.m. PDT
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.
Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)
Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (13-17)
PG: Darren Collison
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins
Brooklyn Nets Probable Starters (13-16)
PG: Jarrett Jack
SG: Sergey Karasev
SF: Joe Johnson
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Mason Plumlee
Three things to ponder
1. Race to retirement
The Nets roster may be savvy and wise, but they’re also slow. Brooklyn ranks 23rd in the NBA at allowing fast break points (14.2 per game), which plays into Sacramento’s game plan. The Kings have averaged 23 fast break points in their last four contests.
2. Bench vs. bench
Brooklyn’s bench features former starters Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Alan Anderson and Bojan Bogdanovic, who have all seen better days. Still, the Kings’ second unit will have their hands full staving off the Nets’ backups.
3. DeMarcus Cousins’ encore
In his first game back from gastroenteritis, Cousins scored a season-high 39 points (14-of-27 field goals, 10-of-11 free throws), adding 11 rebounds and four assists. Can the All-Star talent channel a similar performance against Lopez, Kevin Garnett and Team USA partner Mason Plumlee?