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Breaking down the Kings’ coming week

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis leads his team in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocked shots. ... Davis reacts during an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in New Orleans.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis leads his team in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocked shots. ... Davis reacts during an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in New Orleans. The Associated Press

MONDAY AT PELICANS

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Injuries have gutted New Orleans, but the Kings still need to worry about All-Star Anthony Davis.

Pelicans players to watch: Anthony Davis leads his team in points (23.8 per game), rebounds (10.2), steals (1.3) and blocked shots (2.2). Ryan Anderson, who torched the Kings in their previous meeting, averages 15.9 points and 6.0 rebounds.

Last meeting: The Kings lost the road game 114-105 on Jan. 28 when Anderson tied his career-high with 36 points and the Pelicans overcame the absence of Davis and Tyreke Evans.

Hometown take: John Reid, Times-Picayne, “With (Friday’s loss to San Antonio) the Pelicans dropped to 23-37, which matches their entire loss total of last season when they went 45-37 and reached the postseason for the first time since 2011.”

WEDNESDAY VS. CAVALIERS

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: LeBron James makes his only visit of the season to Sacramento for his last game at Sleep Train Arena, where he made his NBA debut in 2003.

Cavaliers players to watch: James averages a team-high 24.8 points, 6.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Kyrie Irving averages 19.1 points and 4.5 assists per game. Kevin Love (who sat out Friday’s win over Washington) averages 15.9 points and a team-high 10.1 rebounds.

Last meeting: The Kings lost 120-100 on Feb. 8 in Cleveland as Irving had a game-high 32 points and Iman Shumpert a game-high 11 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins was held to 14 points.

Hometown take: Chris Haynes, Cleveland Plain Dealer, “The Washington Wizards were on the bad end of an experiment the Cleveland Cavaliers used on Friday night. Small-ball works, as the Cavaliers trounced the Wizards in an easy 108-83 win at Quicken Loans Arena.”

FRIDAY VS. MAGIC

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Orlando believes its future is bright with its young nucleus.

Magic players to watch: Nikola Vucevic leads his team with 17.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Victor Oladipo averages 14.7 points (though he sat out his team’s game Friday with a lower back contusion). Evan Fournier, who missed three game with a sore wrist before returning Friday, averages 14.2 points per game.

Last meeting: The Kings won 97-91 at Orlando on Nov. 21 with Cousins going for 29 points and 12 rebounds. Rajon Rondo had 20 assists.

Hometown take: Josh Robbins, Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, “ … the entire Magic roster let itself down Friday night. The players turned in a listless performance against an injury-riddled Phoenix Suns team that had played the night before and had not won a road game since Dec. 7. The Magic descended to a new low as they lost to the Suns 102-84.”

Jason Jones

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