Sacramento Kings

Kings' week ahead: Lakers and more

Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) gets tangled up with Los Angeles Lakers center Tarik Black in the Lakers’ victory on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 in Sacramento.
Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) gets tangled up with Los Angeles Lakers center Tarik Black in the Lakers’ victory on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Monday vs. Lakers

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The Kings cannot afford to lose at home again to the Lakers, especially with Los Angeles’ injury woes.

Lakers to watch: Lou Williams is averaging 30 points in his past five games. Forward Julius Randle is a double double threat and guard Jordan Clarkson has the ability to be a big scoring threat.

Last meeting: Williams had 21 points as the Lakers overcame a 19-point deficit to win 101-91 Nov. 10 at Golden 1 center.

Wednesday at Rockets

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The Rockets keep the pressure on the defense thanks to plenty of 3-point shooters and the elite playmaking ability of James Harden.

Rockets to watch: Harden is in the top-5 in scoring and also leads the NBA in assists. Eric Gordon could emerge as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. Trevor Ariza can impact the game with his 3-point shot or his defense and Ryan Anderson is a matchup problem for big men.

Last meeting: The Rockets became the first team in NBA history to attempt 50 3-pointers in a game in their 117-104 win at Golden 1 Center on Nov. 25. Harden had 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

Friday at Memphis

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Don’t expect Dave Joerger to be overcome with emotion in his first game coaching against his former team. He’ll be more concerned with slowing down a hot Grizzlies squad.

Grizzlies to watch: Center Marc Gasol has added a 3-point shot his offense. Power forward Zach Randolph has been effective as a sixth man after being a starter most of his career with the Grizzlies. They have to play well with Mike Conley out due to a back injury.

Jason Jones

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