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Breaking down the Kings’ coming week

Kemba Walker scored 39 points, 21 in the fourth quarter, the last time the Charlotte Hornets met the Sacramento Kings, who led by 22 points but lost in overtime. ... Walker reacts after being called for a foul against the Boston Celtics during an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.
Kemba Walker scored 39 points, 21 in the fourth quarter, the last time the Charlotte Hornets met the Sacramento Kings, who led by 22 points but lost in overtime. ... Walker reacts after being called for a foul against the Boston Celtics during an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. The Associated Press

MONDAY VS. HORNETS

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Kemba Walker is an explosive scorer who torched the Kings in November.

Hornets players to watch: Kemba Walker averages 20.4 points and 1.8 steals, both team-highs. He scored a franchise record 52 in Monday’s win over Utah. Nicolas Batum averages 15.1 points and 5.4 assists, but sat out Friday and Saturday’s games (toe).

Last meeting: The Hornets overcame a 22-point second-half deficit and won 127-122 in overtime at home on Nov. 23 thanks to 39 points from Walker, who scored 21 points in the fourth quarter.

Hometown take: From Bill Kiser, Charlotte (N.C.) Observer: “Charlotte’s recent struggles, especially on defense, prompted coach Steve Clifford to shake up his substitution rotation Monday. Frank Kaminsky was the first off the bench, subbing for P.J. Hairston at the 4:49 mark, and Jeremy Lin came in for Nicolas Batum a minute later.”

TUESDAY AT TRAIL BLAZERS

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: C.J. McCollum gave the Kings fits in December, and it won’t be any easier defending him with Damian Lillard back in the lineup.

Trail Blazers players to watch: Damian Lillard averages 24.3 points and 7.0 assists per game. C.J. McCollum averages 20.7 points and 4.4 assists. Mason Plumlee is the team’s leading rebounder (7.8) and averages 9.2 points per game.

Last meeting: The Trail Blazers won 98-94 in Sacramento despite a 36-point effort by DeMarcus Cousins because McCollum had 35 points in place of an injured Lillard.

Hometown take: From Mike Richman, The Oregonian: “Meyers Leonard had 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench against the Hawks (on Wednesday), continuing a recent solid stretch of play for the fourth year big man.”

THURSDAY AT PELICANS

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The Kings should be motivated to avenge an embarrassing home loss to the Pelicans this month.

Pelicans players to watch: Anthony Davis averages 23.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game. Former Cal and Oak Ridge High School standout Ryan Anderson averages 16.7 points and 6.0 rebounds. Former King Tyreke Evans averages 15.8 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Last meeting: The Pelicans won 109-97 in Sacramento on Jan. 13 as Eric Gordon scored 24 points and made six three-point shots as New Orleans outshot the Kings from three-point range 48.5 percent to 26.1. Davis had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help counter a 32-point, 10-rebound effort by DeMarcus Cousins.

Hometown take: From John Reid, The (New Orleans) Times Picayne: “New Orleans Pelicans guards Norris Cole and Tyreke Evans ran through the Detroit Pistons' defensive coverages like they were trying to outrace each other to the basket (in a 115-99 win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday).”

SATURDAY AT GRIZZLIES

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Memphis beat the Kings early in the season and later traded for guard Mario Chalmers to spark the offense.

Grizzlies players to watch: Marc Gasol leads the team with 16.7 points per game. He averages 7.3 rebounds. Mike Conley averages 15.2 points and 5.8 assists. Chalmers

Last meeting: The Grizzlies won 103-89 in Sacramento on Nov. 3, a day after losing 50 points to the Golden State Warriors. Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 20 points. A strained right Achilles’ tendon kept DeMarcus Cousins out of the game and the Kings were outrebounded 50-35.

Hometown take: From Ronald Tillery, The (Memphis, Tenn.) Commercial Appeal: “Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger intends to take advantage of lineup depth and versatility, and not shorten rotations given the team's relative good health.”

Jason Jones, Bee Sports staff

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