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Saturday, December 17th (All times eastern)

Sacramento Kings (10-13) at San Antonio Spurs (18-4), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The defending world champion San Antonio Spurs attempt to win their third straight game tonight when they welcome the Sacramento Kings to the SBC Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 21st, Tony Parker netted 23 points and Tim Duncan scored 22 and pulled down 19 rebounds for San Antonio, which held on for a 96-93 victory over Sacramento at ARCO Arena.

On Thursday, Michael Finley poured in a team-high 21 points to help the Spurs defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 90-88, at the Target Center. Duncan ended with 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists, but shot just 5-for-15 from the field.

Defensive stopper Bruce Bowen contributed 12 points and seven boards in the win over the Timberwolves for San Antonio, which has won eight of its last nine games overall.

On the injury front for San Antonio, All-Star Manu Ginobili is expected to miss his third straight game with a foot injury. In 18 games this season, Ginobili is averaging 15.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

San Antonio is an impressive 10-1 at home this season. The Spurs have won five in a row at the SBC Center.

After tonight's contest, the Spurs will embark on a three-game road trip. They are scheduled to visit New Orleans/Oklahoma City, Milwaukee and New York on the upcoming swing.

The Kings will try and get back on the winning track, as they play the middle contest of a three-game road trip. On Wednesday, Richard Hamilton poured in 36 points and Chauncey Billups contributed 28 points and a career-high 19 assists, as the Detroit Pistons ran past Sacramento, 109-98, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Brad Miller ended with a team-high 16 points and nine rebounds in the loss to Detroit for the Kings, who had a three-game winning streak halted. Mike Bibby and Shareef Abdur-Rahim both netted 14 in defeat.

Sacramento, which will closeout the current swing on Monday against the Charlotte Bobcats, is just 3-6 on the road this season.

The Spurs have won two straight and five of the last six contests in this series. Sacramento has lost three straight and four of its last five at San Antonio.

12/17 10:22:39 ET

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