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Breaking down the Kings’ coming week

Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone reacts to a foul during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The former Kings coach will make his first trip back to Sleep Train Arena on Friday when the Nuggets visit the Kings.
Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone reacts to a foul during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The former Kings coach will make his first trip back to Sleep Train Arena on Friday when the Nuggets visit the Kings. The Associated Press

FRIDAY VS. NUGGETS

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Former Kings and current Denver coach Michael Malone can expect a warm welcome from his former players and Sacramento fans in his first trip to Sleep Train Arena since he was fired in December 2014. The rebuilding Nuggets are just a half-game behind the Kings in the standings.

Nuggets players to watch: Danilo Gallinari leads the team in scoring with 19.7 points per game. He’s averaged 23.0 points his past five games. Kenneth Faried averages 12.5 points and 8.9 rebounds. Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay averages 11.4 points and is the assists leader (5.9).

Last meeting: Kings lost 122-111 at Denver on April 12. Omri Casspi led the Kings with 22 points and seven rebounds. Worth noting: This was the Kings’ final loss of last season. They won their next two games against the Los Angeles Lakers to finish 29-53.

Hometown take: From Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post, “There was an end of the road feeling to Friday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. (Nikola) Jokic, on the court with other NBA-anointed rising stars, smiled through it all. Being there, playing in the Rising Stars Challenge with other great young players was the ultimate validation of a rookie season that started with incredible precision and effectiveness – and that came completely out of the blue.”

Compiled by Jeff Caraska

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