Sacramento Kings

Kings hope to strike gold on road before long homestand

Tuesday at Nuggets

Time: 6 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Skinny: Like the Kings, Denver looks to crack the top eight in the Western Conference by the end of the season. The Nuggets are relying on younger players.

Nugget to watch: Small forward Danilo Gallinari is finding his comfort zone in Michael Malone’s offense. He’s averaging 18.4 points in his last 10 games.

Last meeting: Rudy Gay had 25 points and nine rebounds as the Kings won 115-106 at Denver on April 2 last season.

Wednesday vs. Heat

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Skinny: Even as the team struggles, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra remains one of the best in the league and keeps the Heat competing.

Heat player to watch: Center Hassan Whiteside leads the NBA with 14.3 rebounds per game. The former King is scoring more this season, averaging 17.3 points.

Last meeting: Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins led the visiting Kings with 30 points each, but Cousins was called for six fouls in the fourth quarter of a 108-96 overtime loss at Miami on Nov. 1. Goran Dragic led the Heat with 25 points.

Friday vs. Clippers

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Skinny: The Clippers have struggled amid injuries to All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Clipper to watch: Center DeAndre Jordan, one of the most athletic big men in the NBA, averages 11.7 points, 13.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.

Last meeting: Griffin (29 points) and J.J. Redick (26 points) helped the Clippers build a big lead and hold off the Kings for a 121-115 win at Golden 1 Center on Nov. 18. Cousins had 38 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings.

Jason Jones

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