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Pregame notes: Cousins will be in the starting lineup at Denver

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will start tonight’s game at Denver.

Cousins played Saturday after straining his left hip flexor Feb. 12 at New York. Cousins said after Saturday’s win over Boston that his hip bothered him and that he had to stretch during the game to keep it from tightening up.

Cousins went through his pregame warm up routine and is ready play.

“He’s a little banged up,” said Kings coach Michael Malone of Cousins. “He’s sore. He was really sore after the game. He had a hard time getting loose to start the second half.”

Cousins had 13 points, seven rebounds and six turnovers in Saturday’s win over Boston.

• The Nuggets acquired guard Aaron Brooks before the trading deadline last Thursday. Brooks’ stint with the Kings last season was a flop.

Brooks never seemed comfortable and the coaches were frustrated with Brooks’ perceived lack of interest.

Brooks was eventually waived by the Kings.

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw is happy to have Brooks, especially with injuries keeping Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson out of the lineup.

“He’s the only guy that we have that is active and that will be playing that is a natural point guard,’ Shaw said. “... He’s a veteran and understands how the game should be played.”

Brooks had 17 points in his debut with the Nuggets at Chicago.

Prediction time: The Kings have a major size and depth advantages tonight. Considering the lack of fight Shaw has noted from his team of late, the Kings are in position to end their nine-game losing streak at Pepsi Center.

Kings 105, Nuggets 100

My record: 32-23