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Breaking down the Kings’ coming week

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is his team’s defensive anchor and averages 11.0 rebounds and 10.0 points per game. ... Gobert rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Salt Lake City.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is his team’s defensive anchor and averages 11.0 rebounds and 10.0 points per game. ... Gobert rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Associated Press

SUNDAY VS. UTAH

Time: 3 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: DeMarcus Cousins must contend with Utah’s defensive anchor, Rudy Gobert.

Jazz players to watch: Gordon Hayward leads the team in scoring (20.0 points per game), assists (3.7) and steals (1.2) Rudy Gobert is the team’s top rebounder (11.0) and averages 10.0 points per game. Derrick Favors averages 16.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He is one of seven players averaging 10 or more points per game.

Last meeting: The Kings won 103-101 on Jan. 14 in Salt Lake City when Rudy Gay (24 points) hit the game-winning shot with less than a second to play. Gay scored the Kings’ final eight points. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 36 points and 17 rebounds. The win pulled the Kings within a game of Utah for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Hometown take: Aaron Falk, Salta Lake Tribune, “(Shelvin) Mack then becomes an easy scapegoat, but assigning him the blame for the Jazz's recent struggles is unfair when the team's problems are myriad (the Jazz has won four of 13 games since the All-Star break).”

TUESDAY AT LAKERS

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The Kings will face Kobe Bryant for the last time.

Lakers players to watch: Kobe Bryan leads the team with 16.9 points per game. DeAngelo Russell is averaging 13.5 points, and a team-high 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Jordan Clarkson averages 15.7 points per game, second-best on the team.

Last meeting: The Kings won 112-93 on Jan. 20 in Los Angeles. Cousins led the Kings with 36 points and 16 rebounds. Rajon Rondo had 17 assists. The win was the Kings’ third in a row and would be part of a season-high five-game winning streak.

Hometown take: Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times, “(DeAngelo) Russell has been rolling since returning to the starting lineup 10 games ago, routinely scoring in the 20s and bursting out for 39 points against Brooklyn. He had 21 points, five assists and four steals in the Lakers' upset of Golden State and was shooting 46% from three-point range since reclaiming his starter's spot.”

WEDNESDAY VS. PELICANS

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: New Orleans has beaten the Kings three times, even with injuries to key players.

Pelicans players to watch: Anthony Davis leads the team in scoring (24.3), rebounds (10.3), blocked shots (2.1) and steals (1.3). Ryan Anderson averages 16.7 points, Jrue Holiday 16.4.

Last meeting: Despite 40 points and 16 rebounds, the Kings lost 115-112 on Monday in New Orleans, which outscored Sacramento 65-49 in the second half as Anthony Davis’ 31 points and 10 rebounds helped lead his team back from a 17-point deficit.

Hometown take: John Reid, Times-Picayune, “ … the Pelicans (24-40) have dropped six of their last seven, which includes the first two games on their five-game trip that resumes on Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. New Orleans is two losses away from clinching a losing season.”

FRIDAY AT PISTONS

Time: 4:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Detroit retooled its roster before the trade deadline for a playoff push.

Pistons players to watch: Reggie Jackson is the team leader in scoring (19.1) and assists (6.1). Andre Drummond averages 16.6 points and has team highs in rebounds (15.0), steals (1.6) and blocked shots (1.4).

Last meeting: The Kings won 101-92 on Nov. 11 at home. Cousins led all scorers with 33 points and Rondo had a game-high 15 assists. It was the Kings’ second win of the season and started a three-game winning streak.

Hometown take: Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press: “Maybe it was a lack of energy. Or maybe it was a lack of touches. Whatever it was, the Detroit Pistons can’t afford to see it again over the last 17 games. In Friday night’s 118-103 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, Pistons center Andre Drummond’s first official shot attempt came at the 5:56 mark of the fourth quarter. Drummond, plagued by foul trouble and ineffective play, was practically invisible. He made his only shot of the night and finished with five points and nine rebounds.”

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