Game 46 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Washington Wizards

Updated at 1:00 pm PT

John Wall sizes up Aaron Brooks. (Photo: Steven Chea

Gametime: 4:00 pm PT

Where: Washington, D.C.

Broadcast Information: TV – Comcast SportsNet California, Radio – CBS Sports 1140

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The book on the Wizards: It should be no surprise that the Wizards are playing much better basketball since John Wall has returned to the lineup.  In the nine games Wall has played this season, the Wizards have posted a respectable 6-3 record.  The former Kentucky Wildcat is averaging 14.1 points, 6.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game this season.

Did you know?  The Kings have allowed 111.5 points per game in their last four outings.  In contrast, they allowed just 90.7 points per game in the three contests prior to their current four-game losing streak.

Status Updates: None to report.

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (16-29)

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Tyreke Evans
SF: John Salmons
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Washington Wizards Probable Starters (11-31)

PG: John Wall
SG: Bradley Beal
SF: Martell Webster
PF: Nene
C: Emeka Okafor

Stats

Kings

  • Points Per Game: 96.9
  • Offensive Rating: 101
  • Opponents Points Per Game: 102.7
  • Defensive Rating: 108.4
  • Pace: 95.02

Wizards

  • Points Per Game: 91.4
  • Offensive Rating: 95.1
  • Opponents Points Per Game: 94.6
  • Defensive Rating: 100.6
  • Pace: 94.21

Three questions to ponder

1.  Will DeMarcus Cousins be a factor tonight?

The Kings starting center was unable to make an impact in Saturday’s loss to Denver.  Cousins scored just three points and grabbed only two rebounds in the blowout defeat.  He also only played 22 minutes as Keith Smart chose to sit him the entire second period.  In the Jan. 16 meeting against Washington, Cousins was dominant against the Wizards’ frontline.  He finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and three steals.  A key stat to watch in his performance tonight will be turnovers.  Cousins had six miscues when the Kings played the Wizards nearly two weeks ago.

2.  Can the Kings contain Bradley Beal?

Bradley Beal hit the rookie wall early, but has seemingly broken through it in recent months.  He earned Rookie of the Month honors in December, where he averaged 13.4 points per game, which was tops for all Eastern Conference first-year players.  Beal had his way with the Kings in the Wizards’ visit to Sacramento, where he scored a career-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 6-of-7 from 3-point range.  With John Wall back to take attention off the Wizards rookie, life is getting better for Beal in the NBA.

3.  Will turnovers once again be an issue for the Kings?

The Kings offense has sputtered in recent games primarily because of careless passing and a number of those miscues were easily avoidable.  In Denver, the Kings turned the ball over 19 times, which resulted in easy fast break opportunities for the Nuggets.  Over their last three games, Sacramento is averaging 21 turnovers per contest.  They figured out their ball-movement conundrum late last month only to take two steps backwards in recent weeks.

Statistical support provided by NBA.com.

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