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Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets at a glance

Kings guard Marco Belinelli (3) goes to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton (22) on Monday, Feb. 1, at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Kings guard Marco Belinelli (3) goes to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton (22) on Monday, Feb. 1, at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Kings at Nets

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: Barclays Center
  • When: Friday, 4:30 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
  • Records: Kings 21-28, Nets 12-38

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Early energy: The Kings have allowed more than 30 points in the first quarter of their past five games, trailing at that stage in all five. It’s much more difficult to overcome big early deficits on the road, where the Kings will play their next four games before the All-Star break.
  • 2. Marco making shots: After being mostly a disappointment this season, Marco Belinelli has started the past two games and scored 18 points in each. He must continue to play well.
  • 3. Defensive focus: The Kings must do much better defending the three-point line and getting back in transition. That could happen if they reduce their turnovers.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

3

Marco Belinelli

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

41

Willie Cauley-Stein

PF

00

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Nets

No.

Player

Pos.

15

Donald Sloan

PG

21

Wayne Ellington

SG

7

Joe Johnson

SF

30

Thaddeus Young

PF

11

Brook Lopez

C

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