6:00 PM EST
Sleep Train Arena
While the future of the Kings in Sacramento is still up in the air, the fate of this particular season is not. The Kings have won just 20 games out West and are coming off a nasty 130-102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. There is certainly no shame in losing to the Spurs of course, but the Kings are in last place in the Western Conference and haven't been in contention for anything all year.
The Kings do have talent, however. DeMarcus Cousins is their best player, and while he can probably be frustrating at times, his talent is undeniable. He's a skilled big who is still very young, and should only get more consistent, if not better. When he's on and playing, he's really a joy to watch.
He leads the Kings in scoring, rebounding and steals and is just shy of averaging a double-double (17.2 points and 9.9 boards per game).
The other well-known name and talent the Kings have is point guard Tyreke Evans. Evans starts and plays more than backup Isaiah Thomas, but Thomas dishes out the same amount of assists per contests (basically, Thomas averages 3.4 and Evans 3.3) while averaging just three fewer points (15.5 to 12.6 PPG).
Thomas is more similar in stature to Kemba Walker, while Evans at 6'6" has a height advantage on just about everyone in the Bobcats backcourt.
The one area where the Bobcats sometimes have an advantage is the pace of play. Charlotte ranks 16th out of 30 teams, but the Kings are ninth in the league.
As we know, the Bobcats rank dead last or very close to it in most team statistical categories and truth be told, so do the Kings. However Cousins and company do rank 18th in offensive rating scoring 104 points per 100 possessions.
The Kings rank 24th in the league in turnovers so they do give their opponents chances, and the Bobcats will need to run the floor and convert.
Controlling Cousins and Jason Thompson down low will, of course, be key for the Bobcats. However it seems like when you watch the Kings they're just as likely to be led by Marcus Thornton one night, and then John Salmons the next, but you're not exactly game planning for either one of those two.
The Bobcats can't play much worse than they did against the Jazz Friday night, and the Kings are certainly more on Charlotte's level. If the Cats are going to break the 20-win mark this season they need to take games like tonight's. So here are some random/meaningless positives: The Bobcats are undefeated on Sunday this season (1-0) and have the most success (winning five games) when playing on just one day of rest. So they should be good to go!