Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Television)
Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (9-20)
PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins
Houston Rockets Projected Starters (21-12)
What to watch
1. Dwight Howard vs. DeMarcus Cousins part II
The last time these two teams faced off, Cousins dominated one of the NBA’s best defensive players. He won the battle of the bigs with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to Howard’s 13 points and 10 rebounds. If Cousins can win this matchup again, the Kings have a very good shot at finishing a wild 2013 with a win.
2. Can the Kings contain the Rockets’ wings?
Harden and Parsons combined to score 44 points the last time these teams met. Harden got hot from the perimeter, before coming up lame and missing a good portion of the third quarter. Parsons cut through the Kings’ defense with ease, finishing with a handful of power dunks. If the Kings want to upset the Rockets at home, they are going to need to work together to slow these two talented players.
3. Does Sacramento learn anything from its loss to the Spurs on Sunday afternoon?
This season has been filled with ups and downs for the Kings, and the last week has been no different. After beating the Miami Heat on Friday night, Sacramento gave the Spurs all they could handle on Sunday before falling apart late. No one is expecting the Kings to turn around their season overnight, but if they want to improve, they have to look at their loss in San Antonio as a learning experience and not a defeat.