Game 75 Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers

 DeMarcus Cousins drives hard against Pau Gasol of the Lakers. (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 7:00 pm PT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

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

Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (26-48)

PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Reggie Evans
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Los Angeles Lakers Projected Starters (25-49)

PG: Kendall Marshall
SG: Jodie Meeks
SF: Kent Bazemore
PF: Pau Gasol
C: Chris Kaman




What to watch

1. Does Isaiah Thomas return from injury?

After playing 70 straight games to start the season, Thomas has missed the last four with a bruised right quad.  Rookie Ray McCallum has played extremely well in his absence, turning heads and possibly earning himself some major minutes next season.  As a starter, McCallum is averaging 15.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting.  He’s also chipped in seven assists and four rebounds per game, while playing more than 45 minutes a night.

2. Can Ben McLemore continue his strong play?

McLemore has scored in double figures each of the last five games for Sacramento, averaging 14.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting from behind the arc during the stretch.  Without a true backup on the roster, McLemore will continue to play most of the minutes at the shooting guard position.  With only eight games remaining in the season, the rookie shooting guard needs to finish strong or the Kings will be forced to take a hard look at his starting job this summer.

3. Does winning mean losing in this game?

Both the Kings and the Lakers sit near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.  As teams fight at the top for playoff positioning, these two clubs are keeping a close eye on the lottery standings.  The winner of this game will move one draft position away from the coveted top three of a terrific NBA draft.




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James Ham provides coverage through news analysis and in-depth interviews with Kings players and staff. James is also one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary "Small Market, Big Heart". James graduated UC Davis with a degree in history and is happily married with two children.