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The Kings topped off a five-game homestand with three-straight wins as they begin a four-game road trip in Phoenix on Wednesday.
The matchup is the second game of a back-to-back for the Kings (25-45) after a 107-106 win over the Sixers on Tuesday. The Suns (38-33), who trail the Thunder by three games for the last Western Conference playoff spot, have been idle since a win over Dallas on Sunday.
Suns by 7
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Alex Len vs DeMarcus Cousins -- Can anyone stop DeMarcus Cousins? Alex Len is going to need help.
1. Defense –- The Suns are a top five scoring team in the NBA and the Kings cannot afford another somnambulant half similar to giving up 70 to the Sixers before intermission in Tuesday’s win.
2. Limit turnovers –- Ray McCallum hasn’t turned over the ball in two games and Sacramento had only 10 blunders in the win against Philly. Especially on the road, taking care of the ball is paramount.
3. Cousins & Gay –- As important as Sacramento’s bench is, Cousins and Gay need to play big at US Airways Center to keep the winning streak alive.
Kings -- C DeMarcus Cousins (right calf strain) and F Rudy Gay (left patellar tendon strain) are probable, while G Darren Collison (core muscle injury) and F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) are out.
Suns -- G Brandon Knight (left ankle sprain) is questionable.
The Kings and Suns meet for the fourth and final time of the season on Wednesday and Sacramento’s two wins over Phoenix during this campaign have come in dramatic fashion.
Cousins’ buzzer beater propelled the Kings to 85-83 win at Sleep Train Arena on Feb. 8. In Phoenix on Nov. 7, Sacramento eked out a 114-112 victory in double overtime.
The Suns sole win in this season’s series came in Sacramento 115-106 on Dec. 26.
The squads split last season’s series 2-2. The Suns lead the overall series 129-83, including 82-44 in the Sacramento era.
“That’ll be a good test for us. I think we made strides this home stretch. Playing on the road is obviously a lot harder, especially against teams that are competing for the playoffs. It’ll be a good test – we’re ready for it.” -- Omri Casspi on the Kings four-game road trip in Phoenix, New Orleans, Memphis and Houston.