Game 48 Preview: Chicago Bulls at Sacramento Kings

 DeMarcus Cousins finishes around the rim versus the Chicago Bulls (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 7:00 pm PT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), CSNCA (Local Television)

Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (15-32)

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Marcus Thornton
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: Aaron Gray

Chicago Bulls Projected Starters (23-23)

PG: D.J. Augustin
SG: Jimmy Butler
SF: Mike Dunleavy
PF: Carlos Boozer
C: Joakim Noah




What to watch

1. Will DeMarcus Cousins make an appearance?

Cousins has missed six straight games with a left ankle sprain and the Kings have struggled without him.  After losing 95-93 in San Antonio on Saturday, Sacramento has now lost seven in a row.  If Cousins can’t go, Aaron Gray will get the call again.

2. Can Sacramento stop the bleeding?

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Kings.  Injuries and poor fourth quarter play have plagued the team, leading to the longest losing streak of the season.  Some home cooking might be what the doctor ordered, but getting their starting center back wouldn’t hurt.  Coach Malone needs his team to execute down the stretch on both ends of the court.

3. Will the Kings get productions from the shooting guard position?

Thornton and rookie Ben McLemore have struggled with consistency all season long.  The Bulls are a seasoned veteran team built on strong defensive principles.  If Sacramento plays four on five, like they have plenty of times this season, Chicago will eat them alive.  Both Thornton and McLemore need to play aggressive and make their presents known.

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James Ham is co-owner and senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".