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National Basketball Association
Minnesota at Sacramento
When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, November 27, 2015
Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California

Sacramento small forward Rudy Gay has delivered back-to-back stellar performances and the Kings hope to receive another strong outing from Gay when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. Gay is averaging 32 points over the past two games, including a season-best 36 in Wednesday's 129-118 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Gay's big effort against Milwaukee was timely as star big man DeMarcus Cousins missed the contest with a strained lower back, and Gay's 13-of-21 performance helped Sacramento shoot a season-best 57.1 percent from the field. "Rudy carried us offensively, but I thought the team played together," said Kings coach George Karl afterward, "and moved the ball and found the open man so consistently." Minnesota is hoping rookie center Karl-Anthony Towns can rebound from back-to-back subpar outings. Towns is averaging six points and four rebounds during the stretch after notching six double-doubles in the previous nine contests.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), CSN California (Sacramento)

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (7-8): Point guard Ricky Rubio injured his left ankle on Monday and tried to play through it in Wednesday's game against the Hawks but ultimately exited after playing 21 minutes. There was mild concern since it is the same ankle that limited Rubio to 22 games last season and led to offseason surgery. "You start wondering why, putting all the work I've been putting in," Rubio told reporters while saying he hopes he doesn't miss Friday's game. "But some things you can't control. I don't want to be worried. I just want to work hard and be ready for the next game."

The victory over Milwaukee was the sixth game Cousins has missed this season and marked the first time Sacramento won without his services. Cousins, who is averaging 27.9 points and 11.2 rebounds, was injured during Monday's game at Charlotte and it is unclear whether he will be healthy enough to play against Minnesota. Cousins has eight double-doubles in the 10 games in which he has played and had nine rebounds in the other two games.


1. Sacramento has won the past four meetings.

2. Kings PG Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 13 assists against Milwaukee for his seventh double-double in the past 10 games.

3. Minnesota SG Kevin Martin is averaging just 8.6 points on 17-of-63 shooting over the past seven games.

PREDICTION: Kings 119, Timberwolves 115
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Minnesota 7-8 W2 2-6 5-2 1-1 6-7 1-1 2-3
Sacramento 6-10 W1 4-5 2-5 1-0 5-10 1-4 1-7
Last Meeting
Minnesota Sacramento
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/7/15 MIN 111 SAC 116 111 36 48.4 116 49 52.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota K. Martin 37 41.9 8
Sacramento R. Gay 33 52.9 13
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota A. Wiggins 8 4 4
Sacramento R. McCallum 9 2 7
Assists Player  
Minnesota Z. LaVine 11
Sacramento A. Miller 8
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota A. Wiggins 399 41.6 114
Sacramento D. Cousins 368 43.5 117
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota K. Towns 195 49 146
Sacramento D. Cousins 149 33 116
Assists Player  
Minnesota R. Rubio 106
Sacramento R. Rondo 206
Quickchart Matchup
Minnesota Off vs  Sacramento Defense
101.3 Points For
108.9 Points Against
44.5 FG%
46.9 FG%
45.0 Reb
43.6 Reb
Sacramento Off vs  Minnesota Defense
106.0 Points For
101.7 Points Against
46.0 FG%
43.8 FG%
43.6 Reb
43.5 Reb