Tonight's Kings game at Portland

11/08/2013 12:00 AM

11/08/2013 6:29 AM

Kings (1-3) at Trail Blazers (2-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.

TV: CSNCA, NBA

Radio: 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Contain the point: Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague had his way against the Kings for most of Tuesday's game. Portland's Damian Lillard could be a bigger problem if the Kings' defense doesn't improve.

2. Play all 48 minutes: The Kings cannot afford another long lapse in execution if they expect to win on the road. The team has lacked energy and focus for long stretches in each of the last three games – all losses.

3. Inside out: DeMarcus Cousins has to set the tone defensively. That means putting up a fight in the post and being active. The Kings need the same energy to transfer to the offensive end.

PROBABLE STARTERS

KINGS

No. Player Pos.

10 Greivis Vasquez G

23 Marcus Thornton G

5 John Salmons F

9 Patrick Patterson F

15 DeMarcus Cousins C

TRAIL BLAZERS

No. Player Pos.

0 Damian Lillard G

2 Wesley Matthews G

88 Nicolas Batum F

12 LaMarcus Aldridge F

42 Robin Lopez C

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