Grizzlies at Kings
The Sacramento Kings return to Sleep Train Arena from a four-game road trip on Monday to begin a five-game homestand with a contest against the Memphis Grizzlies. Sacramento completed a 2-2 trek with a 113-93 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, a setback that dropped its road record to 3-14. The Kings have won four consecutive home games, their longest such streak since sweeping a four-game homestand from Nov. 25-Dec. 2, 2009.
Memphis is coming off a 92-81 triumph over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday in the opener of its three-game road trip. Zach Randolph scored a game-high 21 points after missing Friday's two-point home loss to the Portland Trail Blazers with flu-like symptoms. The Grizzlies have been held under 100 points in each of their last 15 games but have kept their opponent from reaching the century mark in 29 of their last 30 contests.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Memphis), Comcast SportsNet California (Sacramento)
ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (21-10): Memphis has yielded more than 99 points only twice this season. The Los Angeles Clippers posted a 101-92 victory on Oct. 31 in the season opener for both teams, and the Houston Rockets rolled to a 121-96 triumph on Dec. 22. The Grizzlies, who entered Sunday leading the league with an average of 89.7 points allowed, have held their opponent under 90 in each of the last five games. However, they are just 3-2 in that span.
ABOUT THE KINGS (13-21): Center DeMarcus Cousins has recorded a double-double in six consecutive games. He is averaging 20.8 points and 13.5 rebounds during the streak. Tyreke Evans is hopeful of playing against Memphis on Monday. The guard has missed 13 of Sacramento's last 17 games with a sore left knee. Evans received a second opinion on the knee on Wednesday and rejoined the team two days later for treatment and rehabilitation. Fellow guard Marcus Thornton has missed the last four contests with a sprained left ankle.
1. The Kings have not won five straight home games since Jan. 14-Feb. 2, 2008.
2. Memphis outscored Phoenix on the fast break Sunday 19-1.
3. Grizzlies F Rudy Gay played 40 minutes Sunday, leaving him nine away from passing Pau Gasol (16,904) and becoming the franchise's all-time leader.
PREDICTION: Grizzlies 94, Kings 85.