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Kings to face DeMarcus Cousins for first time

Kings GM Vlade Divac says Cousins trade materialized quickly

Kings GM Vlade Divac discusses the blockbuster trade of DeMarcus Cousins for Buddy Hield.
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Kings GM Vlade Divac discusses the blockbuster trade of DeMarcus Cousins for Buddy Hield.

Sunday at Clippers

Time: 12:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Skinny: The Clippers are fighting for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Clipper to watch: Chris Paul is one of the league’s better leaders and is averaging 17.5 points and 9.2 assists.

Last meeting: The Clippers post a 106-98 win Jan. 6 at Golden 1 Center, led by 24 points from Austin Rivers.

Monday vs. Grizzlies

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Skinny: Memphis will have a big advantage with its experience if the game is close late.

Grizzly to watch: All-Star center Marc Gasol is averaging 19.9 points.

Last meeting: Memphis handled the Kings 107-91 on Jan. 20 at FedExForum.

Wednesday vs. Jazz

Time: 7:30 p.m

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140.5

Skinny: Utah is fourth in the West and trying to hold off the Clippers in the standings.

Jazz player to watch: Center Rudy Gobert anchors Utah’s defense.

Last meeting: Gobert’s putback at the buzzer gave the Jazz a 110-109 win in overtime March 5 at Golden 1.

Friday at Pelicans

Time: 5 p.m

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140.5

Skinny: The Kings face DeMarcus Cousins for the first time since he was traded to New Orleans.

Pelican to watch: Cousins is averaging 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds since being traded to New Orleans.

Last meeting: The Kings beat the Pelicans, 105-99, Feb. 12 at Golden 1 behind 28 points and 14 rebounds from Cousins.

Saturday at Timberwolves

Time: 5 p.m

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Skinny: Recent struggles have taken the Timberwolves out of talk for the playoffs.

Timberwolf to watch: Andrew Wiggins is one of the league’s premier perimeter scorers.

Last meeting: Minnesota beat the Kings 102-88 on Feb. 27 at Golden 1.

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

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