KINGS (27-53) VS. TIMBERWOLVES (40-39)
• Time: 6 p.m.
• Where: Sleep Train Arena
• TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
• 1. Inside advantage: The Timberwolves are dealing with a lot of injuries, including to big men Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, so DeMarcus Cousins should have an advantage in the post. Look for the Kings to go to him often.
• 2. Turnovers: The Kings have had 13 or fewer turnovers in five of their last six games. They need to continue that trend against the Timberwolves, who thrive in transition off turnovers, led by Ricky Rubio, who is second in the NBA in steals at 2.38 per game.
• 3. Pick up the offense: The Kings are averaging 90.4 points during their five-game losing streak. They are at their best with a fast pace. Sacramento is 3-32 when scoring fewer than 100 points.
– Jason Jones