Game 61 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat

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Game time: 4:30 p.m. PDT

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL.

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


Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (21-39)

PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Miami Heat Probable Starters (27-34)

PG: Shabazz Napier
SG: Dwayne Wade
SF: Henry Walker
PF: Udonis Haslem
C: Chris Andersen


Three things to ponder

1. Center stage

Ex-teammates DeMarcus Cousins and Hassan Whiteside square off in what is promised to be an emotional and physical battle. Yet when these two matched up on January 16, the big ticket didn’t live up to the hype. Cousins notched 17 points and 11 boards but lost eight turnovers, while Whiteside scored only four points and one rebound in 15 minutes due to foul trouble.

2. Anemic offense

The Heat and their 27th-ranked scoring offense will be without Chris Bosh, who scored 30 points in the January win over the Kings. Adding insult to injury, Miami could be without starters Goran Dragic (back) and Luol Deng (thigh), so Sacramento’s defense has few excuses.

3. Back-to-back blues

Both Sacramento and Miami will be playing the second game of a back-to-back when they face each other. The Kings are 5-8 this season on the second leg of back-to-backs, and they were wiped out by the Spurs in their most recent opportunity on Wednesday, so energy levels are worth monitoring.

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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.