Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings to begin quick two-game trip after 4-2 homestand

Los Angeles Lakers center Tarik Black looks to pass during an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 in Los Angeles. He is receiving more playing time since the Lakers benched Timofey Mozgov.
Los Angeles Lakers center Tarik Black looks to pass during an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 in Los Angeles. He is receiving more playing time since the Lakers benched Timofey Mozgov. The Associated Press

KINGS (23-32) VS. LAKERS (19-37)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Staples Center

When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA/NBA TV, 1140 AM

THREE KEYS

1. Inside chances: The Lakers recently benched center Timofey Mozgov and have been playing undersized Tarik Black and rookie Ivica Zubac. Both would seem to be mismatches for DeMarcus Cousins.

2. Cool head: Speaking of Cousins, the All-Star picked up his league-leading 17th technical foul in Sunday night’s win over the Pelicans. His next will result in another one-game suspension. Cousins said he’s working on controlling his emotions.

3. McLemore: Cousins and Darren Collison have shouldered the scoring load with Rudy Gay out, but Ben McLemore has provided a nice spark in the starting lineup, averaging 13.3 points in his past six games.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

40

Arron Afflalo

SF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

PF

41

Kosta Koufos

C

Lakers

No.

Player

Pos.

1

D’Angelo Russell

PG

0

Nick Young

SG

14

Brandon Ingram

SF

30

Julius Randle

PF

28

Tarik Black

C

Matt Kawahara

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