Charlotte Bobcats at Sacramento Kings: Saturday Gameday

01/03/2014 7:51 PM

01/04/2014 7:50 PM

Bobcats at Kings

10 p.m., Sleep Train Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Kings
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 18.1 4.4 G, I. Thomas 19.3 2.7
G, G. Henderson 15.0 4.4 G, B. McLemore 8.5 3.0
F, A. Tolliver 4.4 3.0 F, R. Gay 19.7 4.7
F, J. McRoberts 8,0 5.1 F, J. Thompson 7.2 5.5
C, A. Jefferson 17.0 10.1 C, D. Cousins 23.1 11.4

Matchup to Watch

Al Jefferson vs. DeMarcus Cousins: The Bobcats won the first of two meetings with the Kings this season by sending double-teams at Cousins in the second half. Cousins had big numbers, but also six turnovers and the Kings shot 5-of-20 in the fourth quarter.

Observations

• The Portland Trail Blazers made 21 3s in Thursday’s 30-point blowout of the Bobcats. That was a Bobcats record for most 3s allowed and two short of tying the most 3s in one game by one team.
• The Kings have played better since the trade for forward Rudy Gay, which creates spacing for Cousins to better operate in the post.
• When the Kings recently beat the Miami Heat in Sacramento, it broke the Heat’s 19-game regular-season winning streak over Western Conference teams.
• The Bobcats are on a five-game losing streak. Previous to this they had not lost more than three in a row this season.

Tap-ins

• Veteran guard Ben Gordon was the only Bobcat not to play against the Blazers.

• Kemba Walker scored just six points – a third of his season average – on 2-of-10 shooting versus the Blazers.

• Chris Douglas-Roberts scored a team-high 20 points off the bench for the Bobcats Thursday.

Did you know?

The Bobcats have .500-plus all-time records against two teams: 10-8 versus the Kings and 12-6 versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rick Bonnell

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