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The Kings’ week includes two home games sandwiched around trip to Portland

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid walks the court during a delayed start to an NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Philadelphia. The game was postponed due to a surface issue with the court and will be played on Jan. 30, 2017. The teams will meet for the first time this season on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid walks the court during a delayed start to an NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Philadelphia. The game was postponed due to a surface issue with the court and will be played on Jan. 30, 2017. The teams will meet for the first time this season on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. The Associated Press

Monday vs. 76ers

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The 76ers are tied for the worst record in the NBA, but the Kings better not expect an easy win. Philadelphia has given several teams tough games.

76er to watch: Center Joel Embiid might be on a minutes restriction, but he’s still the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year. He averages 18.4 points and 7.4 rebounds.

Last meeting: The game scheduled for Nov. 30 at Philadelphia was postponed because of an unsafe playing surface.

Wednesday at Trail Blazers

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Portland’s defense has been a problem all season and a reason the team has not played up to expectations.

Trail Blazer to watch: CJ McCollum has averaged 33.5 points in two games against the Kings this season. He’s shooting 56.5 percent against Sacramento.

Last meeting: DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 55 points as the Kings knocked off the Blazers 126-121 on Dec. 20 in Sacramento.

Saturday vs. Grizzlies

Time: 2 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Memphis has a knack for winning close games, so the Kings must execute down the stretch if the game is close.

Grizzly to watch: Center Marc Gasol averages 20.0 points and has added a 3-point shot to his game, making him a tougher defensive matchup.

Last meeting: Kosta Koufos had 16 points and 13 rebounds as the Kings beat the Grizzlies 96-92 on Dec. 16 in Memphis.

Compiled by Noel Harris

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