NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 19th (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (40-26) at Los Angeles Clippers (29-36), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings try to stop their road woes tonight when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.
Sacramento has lost four straight as the guest, including Thursday's 100-97 contest at Golden State. The Kings have lost two of their last three overall, on the heels of a three-game winning streak.
In Thursday's loss to the Warriors, the Kings were burned by Jason Richardson, who posted 40 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the hosts.
Cuttino Mobley finished with 28 points and nine boards and Peja Stojakovic added 18 points and seven assists for the Kings, who continue to adjust in the wake of the multi-player deal that sent Chris Webber to Philadelphia before the trade deadline.
Sacramento currently sits fifth in the Western Conference -- three games behind fourth-place Dallas and 1/2 game up on sixth-place Houston.
The Kings will open a three-game homestand Sunday against Golden State.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, had a two-game winning streak snapped in Friday's 115-96 loss at Denver. The Nuggets shot a blistering 57 percent for the game (44-of-77), while the Clippers made only 30-of-76 from the floor (40 percent).
Corey Maggette went for a game-high 26 points and added seven rebounds for the Clippers, who lost for the 13th time in the last 19 games. Bobby Simmons and Lionel Chalmers both netted 15 points in the loss.
The Clippers are currently 11th in the West race -- 5 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot.
Los Angeles kicks off a four-game homestand tonight, and will welcome Portland to town on Monday.
The Kings are 3-0 against the Clippers this season, including a 113-112 decision last Friday in Sacramento. Mike Bibby hit the game-winning shot with 0.4 seconds remaining in the contest.
Sacramento has won eight straight games in the series, including three straight in LA.
03/19 10:08:03 ET