After a big win on Sunday night, the Sacramento Kings travel to Washington D.C. to face the Wizards riding high and looking to make it two in a row on the road. The Kings come in 0-6 on the season when playing the second game of a back-to-back, but a win would guarantee at least a split on their four game trip out east.
The Kings have won four of five and currently sit at 11-16 on the season.
The Wizards look more like a MASH unit than a basketball team at this point. Nene, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Allen Anderson and Drew Gooden are all either out or questionable, leaving John Wall, Marcin Gortat and a group of reserves to man the fort.
Coach Randy Wittman led Washington to the Eastern Conference Semifinals last season, but the Wizards sit at just 11-14, 3.5 games behind the eighth-place Pistons.
Wizards by 2.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
DeMarcus Cousins vs. Marcin Gortat -- Cousins struggled to get things going against Bismack Biyombo on Sunday night, but he found a way to help his team get the win. Gortat is the type of player that usually gives Cousins fits, but the Kings All-Star put up big numbers against the Polish Hammer last season. Gortat is averaging 19 points and eight rebounds over his last two games, giving the Wizards a strong inside presence.
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 11-16, fourth place in Pacific
Wizards: 11-14, last place in Southeast
Kings: F-C Willie Cauley-Stein (right index finger) out, F Eric Moreland (left foot) out. Moreland underwent successful surgery Monday morning to repair a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot, the Kings announced. The timetable for return to basketball activities is expected at approximately eight weeks.
Wizards: SG Bradley Beal (leg) out, F-C Nene (calf) questionable, F Alan Anderson (left ankle) out, F Drew Gooden (back and calf) out, F Otto Porter (thigh) questionable.
The Kings and Wizards split their season series last year with a win apiece. The Kings hold a 103-87 advantage all-time over the Wizards and a 30-28 lead during the Sacramento-era.
“I am lost right now. It is uncomfortable most nights but I am just trying to find a way, fight through and still have an impact on the game. My game has changed a lot this season, my role has changed a lot, so I am just trying to find a way.” - DeMarcus Cousins on his struggles