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Kings leave California for first time in a month, play 5 games this week

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, center, shoots as Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore (23) and Kosta Koufos defend in the second half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Salt Lake City.
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, center, shoots as Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore (23) and Kosta Koufos defend in the second half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Associated Press

Sunday vs. Jazz

Time: 3 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, NBA, 1140

Skinny: Struggling Kings’ offense faces one of the NBA’s best defensive teams.

Jazz to watch: All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is averaging 22.1 points.

Last meeting: DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points as the Kings overcame a 20-point deficit to win 94-93 on Dec. 21 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Monday at Nuggets

Time: 6 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Skinny: Denver has increased its lead for the eighth spot in the Western Conference since the All-Star break.

Nugget to watch: Forward Nikola Jokic has four triple-doubles this season.

Last meeting: Willie Cauley-Stein had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds as the Kings won 116-100 on Feb. 23 at Golden 1 Center.

Wednesday at Spurs

Time: 5:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Skinny: San Antonio entered Saturday trailing Golden State by just 2 1/2 games for the best record in the NBA.

Spur to watch: Forward Kawhi Leonard is the two-time Defensive Player of the Year and his offense (25.9 points per game) is at an elite level.

Last meeting: Pau Gasol (24 points), LaMarcus Aldridge (21 points) and Leonard (20 points) led San Antonio to a 110-105 victory Nov. 16 at Golden 1 Center.

Friday vs. Wizards

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Skinny: Washington has emerged as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference after a slow start.

Wizard to watch: All-Star guard John Wall is averaging 22.7 points and 10.8 assists.

Last meeting: Bradley Beal scored 31 points as the Wizards won 101-95 in overtime Nov. 28 at Verizon Center.

Saturday vs. Nuggets

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Skinny: Denver is the only team the Kings have beaten since trading Cousins.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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