The Sacramento Kings snapped a 13-game losing streak in Dallas on Thursday night with a 104-101 victory over the Mavericks. Following the game they traveled to San Antonio where they will take on one of the league’s best Saturday night.
The Kings have lost five straight to the Spurs and six in a row at the AT&T Center. They will need a team effort if they hope to pin a loss on the Spurs who are 29-0 at home on the season.
DeMarcus Cousins got off to a slow start in the last meeting between these two teams, but he recovered to score 22 points and grab 10 rebounds. If the Kings have any chance, they will need a big effort out of their star big man.
The Spurs are gearing up for a long playoff run and they are loading up on reinforcements. Manu Ginobili is expected to return after a 12-game absence and the Spurs added veteran guards Andre Miller and Kevin Martin over the last few days to an already stellar roster.
Spurs by 13
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 25-35, third place in Pacific
Spurs: 52-9, first place in Southwest
MATCHUP TO WATCH
DeMarcus Cousins vs. LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan -- Aldridge played stellar man-to-man defense against Cousins last time these teams met, but Duncan was always waiting just a few feet away. Cousins got it going in the second half, but the Spurs boast the toughest interior defense in the league. He will need to crack the Spurs defensive code if the Kings have any chance to win.
Kings: F Rudy Gay (right shoulder strain) probable, PG Rajon Rondo (right ankle, turf toe, right thumb) probable, G Seth Curry (right foot sprain) out, C Kosta Koufos (food poisoning) out.
Spurs: F LaMarcus Aldridge (migraine headache) out, F Tim Duncan (rest) out, G Danny Green (rest) out, SG Manu Ginobili (“groin” injury) probable, F Matt Bonner (left calf strain) questionable.
The Spurs own a 2-0 advantage in the season series and have now won five straight against Sacramento. San Antonio leads the Kings 111-55 all-time and 83-39 during the Sacramento-era.
“I thought we came together today. They are a really good offensive team. It always feels good when you lose four games and you’re down, and then you win against a good team.” -Darren Collison following the Kings’ big win in Dallas on Thursday night