AT ROCKETS (21-12)
Time: 4 p.m.
Where: Toyota Center, Houston
TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140
• 1. The full 48: The Kings cannot afford long lapses in execution on either end of the floor. In Sunday’s loss at San Antonio, breakdowns on defense late in the game led to open shots. Late turnovers also hurt their chances of winning.
• 2. Support system: The bulk of Sacramento’s scoring will come from DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas, but the Kings need other players to become reliable options. Ben McLemore, Marcus Thornton and Derrick Williams could be options to pick up the slack on offense when needed.
• 3. Defensive discipline: The Kings will need to fight the temptation to leave shooters unguarded on the perimeter to help in the paint against Dwight Howard or against penetration by James Harden.
– Jason Jones