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The Kings will try to win consecutive games for the first time since November as they entertain the Wizards on Sunday in Game 4 of a five-game homestand.
Sacramento will have DeMarcus Cousins, who has missed the last two games, including Friday’s win over the Hornets. The All-Star center was probable with a right calf strain, but George Karl announced prior to the game that Cousins will play.
Washington (40-29), lost Friday against the Clippers but has won five of its last six including a 113-97 home win over Sacramento (23-45) on March 14.
Wizards by 3.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
John Wall & Bradley Beal vs Ray McCallum & Ben McLemore -- The Wizards boast one of the NBA’s best backcourts and McCallum and McLemore must be ready from the get go.
1. 3-point line defense -- The Wizards are a top 10 team in the league from beyond the arc and defending from downtown has been a conundrum for the Kings.
2. John Wall –- Sacramento cannot allow Wall to go off to the tune of his 31 at the Verizon Center. Wall is playing at a high level, averaging 23 points on 54 percent shooting from the floor to go along with nine assists and seven rebounds over his last five games.
3. 48 minutes –- The Kings blew a 21-point lead against the Wizards in their first meeting and need to minimize lapses.
Kings -- C DeMarcus Cousins (right calf strain) was listed as probable, but will play. F Rudy Gay, (left patellar tendon strain) and G Ben McLemore (right forearm contusion) are probable.
G Darren Collison (core muscle injury) and F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) are out.
Wizards -- F Kris Humphries (strained left groin) is doubtful and G Garrett Temple (right hamstring strain) is out.
Sunday is the second meeting of the season between the Kings and Wizards.
The squads split last season’s series 1-1 with each team winning at home while the Kings lead the overall series 102-87, including 29-28 in the Sacramento era.
“We wanted to experiment at 4. I think he (Rudy Gay) played pretty well there.”
- George Karl on Rudy Gay playing the four spot and scoring a game-high 33 points in Friday’s 101-91 win against the Hornets.