The Sacramento Kings finish off their season-long five game road trip in Milwaukee with a clash against the Bucks. Unfortunately, they will likely have to go to battle without All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins who is ailing with a lower back strain.
Sacramento is trying desperately to salvage their eastern swing. They are just 1-3 on the trip after Monday’s devastating overtime loss in Charlotte, and they are 0-5 on the season without Cousins.
Rajon Rondo continues to post incredible numbers. After setting a new Kings record with 20 assists against the Hornets, Rondo leads the NBA in assists at 10.8 per game.
Milwaukee relies on a balanced attack which includes newcomer Greg Monroe. The former Pistons big is posting 16.4 points and 10.1 rebounds a game for coach Jason Kidd.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Rudy Gay vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo -- At age 21, the “Greek Freak” is becoming a force to reckon with. The rangy forward is averaging a career-best 17.5 points per game on the season while shooting 51.8 percent from the field. His length is bound to bother Gay, who is coming off a 28 point, 10 rebound performance in Monday’s overtime loss to the Hornets.
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 5-10, fourth place in Pacific
Bucks: 6-8, last place in Central
Kings: C DeMarcus Cousins (back strain) doubtful
Bucks: No injuries to report
Milwaukee swept Sacramento last season. The Kings hold a 30-28 advantage over the Bucks during the Sacramento-era, but trail the all-time series between the teams 81-57.
“It’s a game we thought we should have had easily and we gave it away, plain and simple.” -- Rudy Gay following the loss to the Hornets on Monday