Kings (19-29) at Rockets (35-16)
Where: Toyota Center, Houston
When: Tuesday, 5 p.m.
TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
1. 3-point defense: Houston has made at least 10 3-pointers in an NBA-record 27 consecutive games. The Kings must be on alert on the perimeter and remember that nearly every Rocket is a threat to shoot the 3.
2. Almost home: This is the finale of Sacramento’s eight-game trip and their fourth game in five nights. The Kings must focus on a strong end to the trip and not let their minds wander about the flight home.
3. Backcourt performance: Guards Darren Collison, Garrett Temple, Arron Afflalo and Malachi Richardson have played well lately and must step up again to deal with James Harden and hot-shooting sixth man Eric Gordon.