Programming note: Kings-Bucks coverage starts today at 4:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California (territory restrictions apply), and streaming live right here.
With an imminent replacement of Kings coach Tyrone Corbin in favor of George Karl looming, Sacramento (18-32) takes on the Bucks (29-23) having lost 12 of its last 14 games.
Bucks by 9
MATCHUP TO WATCH
John Henson vs DeMarcus Cousins -- After Wednesday, the next time Cousins steps on the floor will be as an All-Star at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Look for him to prove that he belongs in NYC against the Bucks by putting up big numbers.
1. Leave it all on floor –- With all of the distractions, it’s the last opportunity for the Kings to play until hosting Boston next Friday. Therefore, let it all hang out, especially in honor of Corbin, who likely is coaching his last game for Sacramento.
2. Pump up the O –- Sacramento is now 5-18 when scoring under 100 points and has scored less than 100 points in seven straight games.
3. Don’t forget the D –- The Kings must also bring their defense against a surging Bucks squad that has won seven of their last eight games.
Kings -- F Derrick Williams (right ankle sprain) is questionable while G Darren Collison (right hip flexor strain) and F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) are out.
Bucks -- F Damien Inglis (right ankle surgery), G Kendall Marshall (right knee ACL surgery), F/C Kenyon Martin, F Jabari Parker (left knee surgery) and C Larry Sanders (NBA suspension) are out.
The Kings and Bucks meet for the second and final time this season after Sacramento was defeated by Milwaukee 108-107 on Dec. 18 at Sleep Train Arena.
The Kings swept last season’s series 2-0 and lead the overall series 80-57. However, the Kings hold a 30-27 advantage in the Sacramento era.
Rudy Gay on tough situation with the Kings: “I’ve been through a lot in my career. It’s a difficult time but it’s just part of the job. I played 16 years, coached for 12 so I’ve seen a lot. The guys are out there fighting and trying so that’s all we can ask.”