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Kings game plan vs. Portland Trail Blazers

KINGS (16-24) AT

TRAIL BLAZERS (30-11)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Moda Center,

Portland, Ore.

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Keep up with Dame: Damian Lillard has established himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA. If the game is close late, Lillard has proven to be a capable closer, playing some of his best basketball in the fourth quarter.

2. More from J.T.: Jason Thompson is coming off one of his best games – 23 points and a career-high 22 rebounds. He might not put up similar numbers, but he’ll have to be on his game to help slow down Portland All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.

3. Ball security: The Kings average 16.3 turnovers, fourth most in the NBA. Staying below that average gives the Kings the best chance of winning.

PROJECTED STARTERS

KINGS

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

34

Jason Thompson

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

TRAIL BLAZERS

No.

Player

Pos.

0

Damian Lillard

PG

2

Wesley Matthews

SG

88

Nicolas Batum

SF

12

LaMarcus Aldridge

PF

35

Chris Kaman

C

Jason Jones

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