Sacramento faces Minnesota having lost two in a row on its recent road trip, and nine of its last 11 overall games.
The Timberwolves (5-25), in the midst of a nine-game losing streak, continue to struggle through the season and are plagued by injury with three starters out.
The last time the Kings (13-29) faced a 5-win team, it took overtime against a New York Knicks roster decimated by injury to get a home win.
Sacramento cannot be complacent and take Minnesota lightly and expect its first road win since a 99-89 victory on Nov 25 at New Orleans.
Kings by 1
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Darren Collison vs. Zach LaVine. Look for Collison to set the tone early versus the rookie in this matchup of former UCLA point guards. Making the right decisions at “winning time” fall to Collison for Sacramento to be successful on the road.
1. It’s not you, it’s me – The Kings must focus on each possession and execute, especially early on.
2. Cousins – 31 points and 18 rebounds in Minnesota on Nov 22. Yeah, get him the ball.
3. Well, maybe it is you a little – The Kings must prevent rookie Andrew Wiggins from going off similar to his season high 29-point performance in the teams' first meeting of the season.
Kings – F Omri Casspi (left knee bone contusion) is doubtful and G Ramon Sessions (low back strain) and F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) are out.
Timberwolves – G Kevin Martin (right wrist fracture), C Nikola Pekovic (right wrist sprain and right ankle soreness) and G Rick Rubio (left ankle sprain) are out.
Wednesday represents the second of four meetings this season between Sacramento and Minnesota. The Kings secured a 113-101 win at the Target Center on Nov 22.
The team’s split last season’s series 2-2 and the Timberwolves lead the overall series 49-48.
Rudy Gay on the Kings recent struggles:
“A lot of things happened. It’s going to take a little while for us to get our rhythm back...Maybe this is what we need to go through so we can get out of this hole and play a little better.”
*Opening betting line courtesy vegasinsider.com