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Kings vs. Denver Nuggets at a glance

Kings rookie center Willie Cauley-Stein goes up strong for a dunk in against the Dallas Mavericks at Sleep Train Arena on Sunday, March 27, 2016 in Sacramento.
Kings rookie center Willie Cauley-Stein goes up strong for a dunk in against the Dallas Mavericks at Sleep Train Arena on Sunday, March 27, 2016 in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Kings vs. Nuggets

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
  • When: Saturday, 6 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Rookie ball: DeMarcus Cousins will be given the night off, so there will be plenty of opportunities for Willie Cauley-Stein to play and contribute on both ends of the court.
  • 2. Pace watch: Will the Kings try to outrun the Nuggets? Many teams struggle to do so in the second of back-to-back games in the altitude.
  • 3. Limit Mudiay: Denver guard Emmanuel Mudiay leads all rookies at 5.5 assists per game. The Kings must force him to shoot jumpers, which are not his strength.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

30

Seth Curry

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

13

Quincy Acy

PF

00

Willie Cauley-Stein

C

Nuggets

No.

Player

Pos.

0

Emmanuel Mudiay

PG

14

Gary Harris

SG

9

JaKarr Sampson

SF

35

Kenneth Faried

PF

15

Nikola Jokic

C

Jason Jones

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