Game 74 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Houston Rockets

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Game time: 5:00 p.m. PDT

Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX.

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


Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (26-47)

PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Omri Casspi
PF: Carl Landry
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Houston Rockets Probable Starters (50-24)

PG: Jason Terry
SG: James Harden
SF: Trevor Ariza
PF: Terrence Jones
C: Joey Dorsey


Three things to ponder

1. Defending the arc

The Rockets are the NBA’s leading team in 3-points tries and makes, which the Kings already know. In two games with Houston this season, Sacramento has surrendered 27 triples on 79 attempts. Guarding James Harden (36.9 percent on 3’s), Jason Terry (39.1) and others is of utmost priority.

2. Floor spacing

Without Rudy Gay (concussion), Sacramento will need a role player to step up and challenge Houston’s effective perimeter defense. Omri Casspi, who will likely start in Gay’s place, has shot 43.6 percent from downtown since the All-Star break but may struggle to fend off Ariza.

3. Turnover specialists

Houston and Sacramento give up the second and fourth-most turnovers per game in the league respectively. However, the Rockets have only spilled nine turnovers per match in the season series, while the Kings averaged 20.5. A little focus goes a long way.

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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.