Game 67 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant vs. Tyreke Evans (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 6:30 pm PT

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Broadcast Information: TV РComcast SportsNet California, Radio РCBS Sports 1140

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The book on the Lakers: ¬†It’s been quite some time since the Kings and Lakers last squared off. ¬†Since then, things have headed in an upward trend for Los Angeles. ¬†In their 13 games following the All-Star break, the Lakers have posted a 10-3 record. ¬†They currently hold a half game lead over the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot out west.

Did you know? ¬†The Kings turned the ball over just five times in Wednesday’s 42-point blowout victory over the Chicago Bulls. ¬†That’s a season best.

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (23-43)

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

Los Angeles Lakers Probable Starters (35-32)

PG: Steve Nash
SG: Jodie Meeks
SF: Metta World Peace
PF: Earl Clark

C: Dwight Howard

Stats

Kings

  • Points Per Game: 99.4
  • Offensive Rating:¬†105.6
  • Opponents Points Per Game: 104.7
  • Defensive Rating: 111.3
  • Pace: 93.2

Lakers

  • Points Per Game:¬†102.3
  • Offensive Rating:¬†107.7
  • Opponents Points Per Game:¬†101.1
  • Defensive Rating:¬†106.4
  • Pace:¬†94.7

Three questions to ponder

1. ¬†Will DeMarcus Cousins play in tonight’s game in Los Angeles?

Cousins has rarely missed games in his three-year career due to injury or illness. ¬†As a center, he’s takes quite a pounding to his body yet it’s hardly stopped him from staying on the court. ¬†The left-quad contusion he suffered a week ago could sideline him for a second-consecutive game. ¬†However, he did travel with the team to Los Angeles for tonight’s match-up with the Lakers.

2. ¬†Will Kobe Bryant play in tonight’s game in Los Angeles

After spraining his ankle Wednesday in Atlanta, Bryant was deemed out of the lineup “indefinitely” by the Lakers. ¬†But to some surprise, he gave it a go on Friday and played 12 minutes in the Lakers’ road victory over the Pacers. ¬†Bryant has played through injury before and like Cousins, pain has never stopped him from getting on the court. ¬†His opponents are preparing like he’ll be out there tonight.

3.  Will these two teams combine to score more than 230 points?

These two teams play a similar style of basketball geared toward filling up the scoring columns. ¬†The Kings’ offense has been high octane since February, scoring 100 points or more in 14 of their last 16 outings. ¬†The Lakers, meanwhile, have averaged 105.2 points per game since All-Star Weekend, which is three points better than their season average.

Statistical support provided by NBA.com.

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