Sacramento Kings

Preview of Monday’s Kings game against the Utah Jazz

KINGS (10-10)

VS. JAZZ (5-15)

THE PARTICULARS

▪ Where: Sleep Train Arena

▪ Time: 7 p.m.

▪ TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

THREE KEYS

▪ 1. Fire in the first: The Kings need to show more intensity to start the game than they did in losing to Orlando on Saturday. Trying to get started after Utah has confidence is a bad idea.

▪ 2. More defense: The Kings allowed 105.2 points per game and 48.2 percent shooting in their 10 losses. Those figures dip to 98.2 points allowed and 41 percent shooting in their wins.

▪ 3. Don’t love the dribble: With the Kings still without DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings need to emphasize ball and player movement more. When they dribble too much and rely on one-on-one play, they are too easy to defend.

PROJECTED STARTERS

KINGS

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

34

Jason Thompson

PF

5

Ryan Hollins

C

JAZZ

No.

Player

Pos.

3

Trey Burke

PG

5

Rodney Hood

SG

20

Gordan Hayward

SF

15

Derrick Favors

PF

9

Enes Kanter

C

Jason Jones

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