at Knicks (10-9)
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York
When: 4:30 p.m., Sunday
TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
1. Energy to start: The Kings, who have lost two straight, must avoid a big deficit in the first quarter. Their knack for slow starts makes for nice comeback attempts that usually fall short in the end.
2. Perimeter shooting: The Kings have shot 9 of 47 on 3-pointers in their last two games. They must hit more than 19.1 percent from 3-point range to keep defenses honest and avoid clogging the lane around DeMarcus Cousins.
3. Backup power: Sacramento’s bench has been a positive lately with its energy, pace and defense. The starters need those traits, too.