Game 31 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Brooklyn Nets

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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?

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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.