Wolves-Sacramento game preview

  • Updated: April 1, 2012 - 11:46 PM

Preview: The Kings have lost four of their past five games after Saturday's 111-99 home loss to New Jersey. Their only victory in that stretch was a 104-103 victory at Utah on Friday. ... The Kings have scored 100 or more points in each of their past nine games, including a 115-99 victory over the Wolves in Sacramento on March 18. They are averaging 110.9 points in that stretch. ... This is the fourth and final time the teams play this season. The Wolves won at Target Center 99-86 on Jan. 16 and 86-84 on Feb. 7 and lost that game in Sacramento two weeks ago.

Players to watch: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has a double-double in each of his past five games and has reached 22 points and 11 rebounds in those games. The last player in franchise history who did that was Jerry Lucas for the 1967-68 Cincinnati Royals. ... The final pick (60th overall) in last summer's draft, rookie Isaiah Thomas moved into the starting lineup on Feb. 17. They were 10-19 and averaging 92.6 points before the change and are 8-14 and averaging 106 points since.

Injuries: Wolves C Nikola Pekovic is on the trip but questionable to play Monday. G J.J. Barea (thigh contusion), F Michael Beasley (sprained big toe) and G Ricky Rubio (knee surgery) are out. Kings F John Salmons has missed three games because of a sore hip and is questionable.

JERRY ZGODA

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