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Kings facing tall task when they meet Pelicans’ 6-foot-11 duo

DeMarcus Cousins, right, and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis were opponents when the Pelicans met the Kings at Golden 1 Center on Feb. 12. The two are now teammates in New Orleans, where the Kings play Friday in the first meeting with Cousins since Sacramento traded him on Feb. 19.
DeMarcus Cousins, right, and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis were opponents when the Pelicans met the Kings at Golden 1 Center on Feb. 12. The two are now teammates in New Orleans, where the Kings play Friday in the first meeting with Cousins since Sacramento traded him on Feb. 19. The Associated Press

Kings (29-46) vs. Pelicans (32-43)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Smoothie King Center

When: Friday, 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Big effort: New Orleans poses a unique challenge for opposing defenses when DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, both 6-foot-11, are on the floor. Kings big men Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos face a tall order keeping up with the Pelicans duo.

2. McLe-more: The Kings have been without a go-to scorer since trading Cousins to New Orleans. Ben McLemore tied his season high Wednesday night with 22 points.

3. Hello again: Garrett Temple said he expects Cousins is “going to be emotional” facing his former team for the first time, which is a little bit like saying the game will be played indoors. We’ll see if that fuels Cousins to a big game.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

24

Buddy Hield

SG

17

Garrett Temple

SF

00

Willie Cauley-Stein

PF

41

Kosta Koufos

C

Pelicans

No.

Player

Pos.

11

Jrue Holiday

PG

2

Tim Frazier

SG

44

Solomon Hill

SF

23

Anthony Davis

PF

0

DeMarcus Cousins

C

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