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Kings at Chicago Bulls at a glance

DeMarcus Cousins should own the post during Monday’s game in Chicago. The Bulls’ Pau Gasol has missed the past four games with a knee injury, and Joakim Noah has been sidelined since January.
DeMarcus Cousins should own the post during Monday’s game in Chicago. The Bulls’ Pau Gasol has missed the past four games with a knee injury, and Joakim Noah has been sidelined since January. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Kings at Bulls

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: United Center
  • When: Monday, 5 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
  • Records: Kings 26-42, Bulls 35-33

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Butler serves notice: Bulls guard Jimmy Butler is a two-time All-Star because he’s one of the game’s best two-way players. Sacramento’s perimeter players must attack him to prevent him from resting on defense.
  • 2. Inside advantage: Chicago’s Pau Gasol has missed the past four games (knee), and the Bulls have been without Joakim Noah since January, so the Kings should allow DeMarcus Cousins to work in the post.
  • 3. Bench help: Injuries have hurt the Kings’ depth lately, but Sacramento could turn to Kosta Koufos against Chicago’s makeshift front line.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

5

James Anderson

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

13

Quincy Acy

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Bulls

No.

Player

Pos.

1

Derrick Rose

PG

21

Jimmy Butler

SG

34

Mike Dunleavy

SF

22

Taj Gibson

PF

6

Cristiano Felicio

C

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