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National Basketball Association
Preview
Sacramento at Brooklyn
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, February 5, 2016
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

The Sacramento Kings will not be home again until after the All-Star break and left for a four-game road trip with a bitter taste after a 107-102 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings will try to bounce back when they kick off the trip by visiting the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

Sacramento has dropped five of its last six games, with the lone win in that span coming over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday in a game Cousins missed with a strained ankle. The All-Star center was back in the lineup on Wednesday and collected 30 points and 11 rebounds, but the Kings struggled to defend the 3-point line and are allowing an average of 114.5 points in the last six contests. The Nets, who sit 29th in the NBA with an average of 95.6 points through Wednesday, should not put quite as much stress on that defense. Brooklyn reached triple digits on the scoreboard in each of the last three games but lost them all as part of a five-game slide.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSN California (Sacramento), YES (Brooklyn)

ABOUT THE KINGS (21-28): Sacramento was facing a Chicago team without All-Star guard Jimmy Butler and instead allowed E’Twaun Moore to score a career-high 24 points. “Everybody comes in and scores career highs,” Kings guard Rajon Rondo told reporters. “... It seems like every other game it’s not a star player, it’s the other guys. Maybe it’s a lack of focus, maybe we don’t respect these guys. They get paid just like we do and they’re making the best of it.” The Kings are last in the NBA in scoring defense, allowing an average of 108.1 points.

ABOUT THE NETS (12-38): Brooklyn can relate to the lack of focus after letting a tight game against the Indiana Pacers get out of hand in the second quarter of Wednesday’s 114-100 loss. “It seems like every game we have a mental lapse,” Nets swingman Joe Johnson told reporters. “Whether it’s just turnovers, or - I have no idea. I wish - I don’t know. Just, we hurt ourselves from time to time.” Johnson has recently been the subject of trade rumors and showed off for opposing teams with 20 points and nine assists on Wednesday.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Brooklyn C Brook Lopez is averaging 27.3 points in the last four games.

2. Kings G Marco Belinelli scored 18 points in each of the last two games after sitting out Saturday’s loss at Memphis with an illness.

3. Sacramento snapped a three-game slide in the series with a 111-109 home win behind 40 points from Cousins on Nov. 13.

PREDICTION: Kings 109, Nets 99
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Sacramento 21-28 L1 13-13 8-15 2-0 19-28 5-7 10-20
Brooklyn 12-38 L5 8-20 4-18 1-3 11-35 4-5 8-23
Last Meeting
Sacramento Brooklyn
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/13/15 BK 109 SAC 111 111 50 42.6 109 44 47.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Sacramento D. Cousins 40 48.1 12
Brooklyn J. Jack 21 50.0 10
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Sacramento D. Cousins 13 6 7
Brooklyn B. Lopez 10 4 6
Assists Player  
Sacramento R. Rondo 14
Brooklyn J. Jack 12
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Sacramento D. Cousins 1171 44.1 335
Brooklyn B. Lopez 1077 49.6 239
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Sacramento D. Cousins 489 107 382
Brooklyn T. Young 481 136 345
Assists Player  
Sacramento R. Rondo 578
Brooklyn J. Jack 244
Quickchart Matchup
Sacramento Off vs  Brooklyn Defense
106.6 Points For
103.2 Points Against
46.0 FG%
46.9 FG%
45.8 Reb
43.8 Reb
Brooklyn Off vs  Sacramento Defense
95.6 Points For
108.1 Points Against
44.7 FG%
45.5 FG%
43.8 Reb
44.1 Reb