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Kings vs. New York Knicks at a glance

New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 14.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game this season. The 7-foot-3 power forward is also averaging 1.9 blocks and 1.7 made three-pointers.
New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 14.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game this season. The 7-foot-3 power forward is also averaging 1.9 blocks and 1.7 made three-pointers. The Associated Press

Kings vs. Knicks

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: Sleep Train Arena
  • When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
  • TV/radio: TNT, 950, 1140
  • Records: Kings 8-15, Knicks 10-12

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Bigs play: The Kings have been starting a smaller lineup with Willie Cauley-Stein (finger) out, but they likely will need help from Kosta Koufos to deal with New York’s frontcourt size.
  • 2. Porzingis factor: Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis, who is being compared to everyone from Shawn Bradley to Dirk Nowitzki, scored 28 points Monday against Dallas. Despite being 7-foot-3, Porzingis has range, making him a tough assignment for the Kings’ big men.
  • 3. Dictate pace: New York averages the eighth-fewest possessions per game in the NBA. The Kings average the second-most. On their home court, the Kings will want to play the game at their pace.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

18

Omri Casspi

SF

8

Rudy Gay

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Knicks

No.

Player

Pos.

3

Jose Calderon

PG

4

Arron Afflalo

SG

7

Carmelo Anthony

SF

6

Kristaps Porzingis

PF

8

Robin Lopez

C

Matt Kawahara

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