Game 58 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers

Jason Thompson stands during a break in action against the L.A. Lakers. (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 7:30 pm PST

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.

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

Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (20-37)

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Carl Landry
C: Jason Thompson

Los Angeles Lakers Projected Starters (19-39)

PG: Kent Bazemore
SG: Jodie Meeks
SF: Kendall Marshall
PF: Wesley Johnson
C: Pau Gasol

What to watch

1. Can the Kings win without DeMarcus Cousins?

Cousins picked up a one game suspension for his actions in Wednesday night’s loss to the Houston Rockets.  The Kings are 0-8 on the season without their star center.  Can they finally pull one out with Cousins sitting on the sidelines?

2. Can the Kings get off to a better start?

Houston ran the Kings off the court in the first quarter of Wednesday’s loss.  James Harden single handedly outscored Sacramento 22-17 and his Rockets teammates dropped in another 20 in an embarrass first 12 minutes for the Kings on their home floor.  The Lakers want to run and if the Kings come out flat, this game could get out of control fast.

3. Does Orlando Johnson make his Kings debut?

Sacramento signed second-year free agent guard Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract on Thursday with the hopes that he can add a defensive presence on the perimeter.  With the Lakers going small, it would be a good opportunity for the 24-year old former Indiana Pacer to get some burn as McLemore’s back up.

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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 provides game day coverage for NBA.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary "Small Market, Big Heart".