MIAMI FL - DECEMBER 13: Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets waits during a foul shot during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 13 2010 in Miami Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
STARTING LINEUPS & INJURIES
No word on whether Tyreke Evans will go; I'd guess not. Beno Udrih and Luther Head started in the backcourt Tuesday night, with Donte Greene, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins around the horn.
The Hornets start Chris Paul, Marco Belinelli, Trevor Ariza, David West and Emeka Okafor. Everyone should be available.
The Kings fell in a defensive battle when the Hornets visited ARCO Arena a few weeks ago. Sacramento held New Orleans to 32 percent shooting, but turned over the ball too many times on offense.
Please check out HighTops' scouting report.
MATCHUP OF THE GAME
Cousins vs. Okafor. Samuel Dalembert started and played against Okafor in the last matchup; Sam didn't do terribly well, going 0-5 with four turnovers, though he did well on the glass (10 rebounds) and on defense (four blocks). Cousins went 3-11 off the bench, and fouled out in less than 24 minutes. Cousins had a nice offensive game against Houston; shooting over and moving around Chuck Hayes is a bit less difficult than dealing with Okafor, however.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Carl Landry. Landry played well off the bench against Houston, and the Kings need more ... especially from the line. Without Evans, Landry and Cousins are the most reliable threats to draw fouls.
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5 PM PT. Game threads at 5 and 6:30. Let's go Kings!