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This week’s four-game eastern swing includes visit to the ‘King’

Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson, right, drives past Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2017.
Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson, right, drives past Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2017. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Monday at Pistons

Time: 4:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Skinny: The Pistons haven’t found their stride as they look to return to the playoffs after finishing as the eighth seed last season.

Piston to watch: Guard Reggie Jackson is averaging 20.2 points over his last 10 games.

Last meeting: The Kings overcame an 18-point deficit behind 24 points and 13 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins in a 100-94 win on Jan. 10 at Golden 1 Center.

Wednesday at Cavaliers

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Skinny: Cleveland looks strong enough to win the Eastern Conference for the third consecutive season.

Cavalier to watch: LeBron James is having another MVP-caliber season and is among the best at controlling the tempo.

Last meeting: James had 16 points and 15 assists to lead a balanced Cleveland offense in a 120-108 win Jan. 13 in Sacramento.

Friday at Pacers

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Skinny: Shaky defense has been a problem, but Indiana has won seven of 10.

Pacer to watch: Guard Jeff Teague was an All-Star for Atlanta last season and can be a problem for the Kings if he controls the pace.

Last meeting: Paul George (24 points) and Teague (22 points, 11 assists) led a comeback from 22 down as the Pacers stunned the Kings 106-100 on Jan. 18 at Golden 1 Center.

Saturday at Hornets

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Skinny: The Hornets snapped a five-game skid with back-to-back wins, including a 35-point rout of Toronto.

Hornet to watch: Kemba Walker might make the All-Star team with a team-best 23.2 points per game.

Last meeting: Cousins’ career-high 56 points weren’t enough as the Kings lost to Charlotte 129-128 in double overtime on Jan. 25, 2016, at Sleep Train Arena.

Compiled by Noel Harris

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