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Kings game plan vs. Charlotte Hornets

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) defends against Charlotte Hornets guard Gerald Henderson (9) in the second quarter in an NBA basketball game Monday, March 16, 2015, in Salt Lake City.
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) defends against Charlotte Hornets guard Gerald Henderson (9) in the second quarter in an NBA basketball game Monday, March 16, 2015, in Salt Lake City. AP

KINGS (22-45) VS. HORNETS (29-37)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Sleep Train Arena

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Watch the rim: The Kings allowed Charlotte to score 50 points in the paint March 11. That’s too many good looks for a team that struggles to score. The Kings need to make Charlotte work for its points by contesting shots.

2. Bench production: Sacramento’s second unit had one of its better performances in Wednesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, led by Andre Miller, Nik Stauskas and Reggie Evans. The Hornets will bring Kemba Walker, their leading scorer, off the bench as he recovers from knee surgery.

3. Missing defense: The Kings are allowing an average 113.3 points during their four-game losing streak. They can’t expect to win when they give up that many points, especially with the status of center DeMarcus Cousins (right calf strain) uncertain.

PROJECTED STARTERS

KINGS

No.

Player

Pos.

3

Ray McCallum

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

34

Jason Thomspon

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

HORNETS

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Mo Williams

PG

9

Gerald Henderson

SG

14

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

SF

2

Marvin Williams

PF

25

Al Jefferson

C

Jason Jones

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