Game 73 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Memphis Grizzlies

Game 73 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Memphis Grizzlies

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Game 73 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Memphis Grizzlies

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Zach Randolph faces up against DeMarcus Cousins. (Photo: Steven Chea)


Game time: 5:00 p.m. PDT

Where: FedExForum, Memphis, TN.

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)


Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (26-46)

PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Reggie Evans
C: Jason Thompson

Memphis Grizzlies Probable Starters (50-24)

PG: Mike Conley Jr.
SG: Courtney Lee
SF: Jeff Green
PF: Zach Randolph
C: Marc Gasol


Three things to ponder

1. Turnover trouble

When it comes to the Kings and forfeited possessions, their generosity is admirable. In three games versus the Grizzlies this season, Sacramento has averaged 17.3 assists and 19 turnovers. Such carelessness won’t cut it with a Memphis team striving for easy points in transition.

2. Cashing in freebies

The Kings and Grizzlies are far from soft, and referees let them know. In the season series, both clubs have drawn over 28 free throw attempts per game. Sacramento has converted 75.6 percent of those tries, which leaves room for improvement.

3. Gay vs. Randolph

Five games in, the Rudy Gay power forward experiment has been largely a success. Tonight he will match up with Zach Randolph, presenting mismatches. Gay is longer and more athletic than Randolph and the Grizzly should struggle guarding the King outside. But Randolph could have his way backing down his ex-teammate in the paint.

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