AT CLIPPERS (36-19)
Where: Staples Center
Time: 7 p.m.
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1. Attack the paint: With Blake Griffin still out after a staph infection, the Kings would be wise to test the depth of the Clippers’ frontcourt, which now relies heavily on DeAndre Jordan.
2. Transition defense: The Clippers excel in the open court when Chris Paul controls the tempo. He’ll look to find Jordan around the rim for easy scores, so the Kings must be aware and avoid getting beaten down the floor.
3. Play smart: The Kings cannot afford to give the Clippers easy scores off turnovers. They must make the simple, smart play and avoid forcing the spectacular one, which is risky.