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Kings vs. Phoenix Suns at a glance

Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) is defended by Philadelphia guard Nik Stauskas (11) at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015.
Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) is defended by Philadelphia guard Nik Stauskas (11) at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. hamezcua@sacbee.com

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: Sleep Train Arena
  • When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
  • Records: Kings 12-20, Suns 12-23

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Professional approach: Phoenix has lost seven consecutive games, but the Kings must avoid overconfidence. They are only 1 1/2 games ahead of the Suns in the Western Conference.
  • 2. Knight watch: The Kings’ problems with perimeter defense are well documented. With Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe (torn meniscus in left knee) out for the season, Sacramento should focus more on Brandon Knight.
  • 3. Get back: The Suns’ best chance of winning is to beat Sacramento in transition, so the Kings must get back defensively and find the Suns’ shooters.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

18

Omri Casspi

SF

8

Rudy Gay

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Suns

No.

Player

Pos.

3

Brandon Knight

PG

1

Devin Booker

SG

12

T.J. Warren

SF

17

P.J. Tucker

PF

4

Tyson Chandler

C

Jason Jones

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