SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings return to their home floor on Friday night to take on the Miami Heat.
With seven games remaining in the 2015-16 season, the Kings sit at 30-45 and will have to face the Heat without star big man DeMarcus Cousins.
[KINGS NEWS: Cousins suspended after 16th technical of season]
Cousins picked up his 16th technical foul of the season in Wednesday’s 120-111 win over the Washington Wizards, drawing an automatic suspension from the league. The Kings are just 2-10 without Cousins this season.
Miami is in a dogfight for playoff seeding in the east. They are currently tied for fourth place with Charlotte with a 43-31 record, but they trail the Hawks by a game for third and the Celtics are just a half game back. Homecourt advantage won’t likely be decided until the last game or two of the season.
Heat by 6.5
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 30-45, third place in Pacific
Heat: 43-31, second place in Southeast
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Rajon Rondo vs. Goran Dragic -- Rondo has spent the season rewriting the Kings record books for assists. He leads the NBA in assists per game at 11.7, but he’s also set a new Sacramento-era record and personal high with 817 total assists on the season. Dragic has a different role than he had in Phoenix where he orchestrated the bulk of the Suns offense, but he’s still an effective passer and scorer in Erik Spoelstra’s system.
Kings: C DeMarcus Cousins (league suspension) out, SG Marco Belinelli (sore right foot) out.
Heat: G Dwyane Wade (neck) doubtful, PF Chris Bosh (blood clots) out, G Tyler Johnson (rotator cuff) out.
THe Kings have lost three straight to the Heat, including a 116-109 loss in Miami back on Nov. 19. The Heat hold a 37-17 advantage all-time over the Kings.
“We have so many good players on this team depth-wise it’s almost scary that, what could we have done if we had been a little more consistent. I think it irks the fans, it irks the coaching staff, it irks us. But that’s what good teams do – they build off their first year together and they come back stronger the next year.” -Darren Collison on the Kings frustrating season