Kings game plan vs. L.A. Lakers

Published: Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013 - 10:16 am

A look at tonight's Kings game vs. L.A. Lakers; including: broadcast information, three keys to the game and probable starters.

TONIGHT'S GAME

Kings (23-43) at Lakers (35-32)

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles

TV: CSNCA

Radio: 1140, 950

THREE KEYS

Defensive awareness: The Kings must avoid breakdowns defensively away from the ball that lead to easy lob dunks for Dwight Howard. They need to make Howard work for his points through the offense or at the free-throw line.

Point pressure: No matter who is at point guard for the Kings, he has to be aggressive and force Lakers point guards Steve Nash and Steve Blake to play defense because the Lakers are vulnerable defensively at the position.

Keep it moving: The Kings need to make multiple passes and push the tempo if they hope to score enough to win. If the ball sticks with one or two players, it will be an advantage for defenders like Howard and Metta World Peace.

PROBABLE STARTERS

KINGS

No. Player Pos.

22 Isaiah Thomas G

13 Tyreke Evans G

5 John Salmons F

9 Patrick Patterson F

34 Jason Thompson C

LAKERS

No. Player Pos.

10 Steve Nash G

24 Kobe Bryant G

15 Metta World Peace F

6 Earl Clark F

12 Dwight Howard C

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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