Game 72 Preview: Sac Kings at New Orleans Pelicans
Game time: 5:00 p.m. PDT
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA.
Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)
Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (26-45)
PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Omri Casspi
PF: Rudy Gay
C: DeMarcus Cousins
Phoenix Suns Probable Starters (37-34)
PG: Tyreke Evans
SG: Eric Gordon
SF: Quincy Pondexter
PF: Anthony Davis
C: Omer Asik
Three things to ponder
The Pelicans and Kings feast inside, ranking third and ninth in the NBA in points in the paint respectively. Both teams also give up more scores than they should down low, particularly the Pelicans, who are 29th in interior points allowed despite fielding shot blockers Anthony Davis, Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca and Jeff Withey. Starting four Rudy Gay has his hands full guarding Davis and New Orleans’ massive frontcourt.
2. Crisp offense
On Wednesday, the Kings lost one turnover for the first quarter and proceeded to spill 18 more. No one expects one turnover per quarter, but they’ll need to clean up their act facing a club that’s 24th in the league in field goal attempts and 11th in accuracy.
3. Revenge game?
In six career games versus the Kings, Tyreke Evans is averaging 20.7 points on 50 percent shooting, 6.2 assists and 5.7 rebounds. Fresh off Wednesday’s 28-point outing versus the Rockets, Evans will look to get things rolling quickly against his old employer. Fellow castoff Jimmer Fredette, who’s currently out of the Pelicans rotation, may see some spot minutes here too.