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The Kings and Knicks finally hook up at Madison Square Garden after snow on Jan. 26 postponed the tilt until Tuesday.
The playoffs are not in the picture for either team. The Knicks (12-46) have won two straight, while the Kings (20-37) have dropped two in a row and are now 2-3 under George Karl.
Both squads are dealing with injuries to key players as Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon and Darren Collison are out while DeMarcus Cousins has missed two straight games due to a left ankle sprain and is listed as probable.
Monday’s affair is the first of an eight game road trip for the Kings.
Kings by 3
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Cleanthony Early vs Rudy Gay -- Baltimore products Gay and Anthony went at it at Sleep Train Arena in the team’s initial meeting this season, scoring 29 and 36 points, respectively.
Can Early contain Gay, who is 15th in the NBA averaging 20.1 points per game?
1. Keep New York quiet –- The Knicks are 29th in the league averaging 93 points per night and are without Carmelo Anthony. Sacramento has got to keep the Knicks under 100.
2. Own the glass –- The Kings are tied with the Thunder at plus 4.3 rebound margin while the Knicks are a bottom five team in rebounding and rebound margin. Sacramento must dominate the glass at MSG.
3. Auspicious start –- Sacramento is 14-10 when leading at the half and 17-7 when tied or leading after three quarters this season.
Kings -- G Darren Collison (right hip flexor strain), and F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) are out while C DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle sprain) is probable.
Knicks -- F Carmelo Anthony (left knee surgery) and G Jose Calderon (sore left achilles) are out.
The Kings and Knicks meet for the second and final time this season after Sacramento’s 135-129 overtime victory at Sleep Train Arena. The squads split last year’s series with each squad winning at home.
The Kings lead the overall series 150-42 yet trail 26-33 in the Sacramento era.
“He’s being a little bit more patient right now so he’s going to end up getting revved up in a little bit with his expectations and things like that. I think he’s just trying to get used to the guys, attitudes, different egos you’ve got to deal with as a coach, so he’s kind of easing his way into it.” -- Andre Miller on Kings coach George Karl
Watch Insider Bill Herenda tonight offer up “Herenda’s Agenda” on Kings Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California.