Sacramento Kings

Preview of Saturday’s Kings-Knicks game

KINGS (12-17)

VS. KNICKS (5-26)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Sleep Train Arena

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA/NBA, 950, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Melo rules: The focus of New York’s offense is Carmelo Anthony. It will take a team effort to make it tough on Anthony to score. Rudy Gay will likely draw the first crack at slowing him down.

2. Mental focus: With a four-game trip looming, the Kings need to close out the month at home with a win. Taking advantage of the home-heavy December schedule has been tough with DeMarcus Cousins missing much of it, but a win over the struggling Knicks would be a good way to leave town.

3. Fast start: The Knicks are on a six-game losing streak. The Kings need to jump on New York and not allow the game to be close late. If the Kings start slow, as they have a lot this season, the Knicks could gain confidence to pull out a win.

PROJECTED STARTERS

KINGS

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

34

Jason Thompson

PF

30

Reggie Evans

C

KNICKS

No.

Player

Pos.

3

Jose Calderon

PG

5

Tim Hardaway Jr.

SG

7

Carmelo Anthony

SF

6

Travis Wear

PF

45

Cole Aldrich

C

Jason Jones

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