ORLANDO, FL - MAY 26: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic greets Ryan Anderson as he returns to the bench against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 26, 2010 in Orlando, 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 Doug Benc/Getty Images)
The Kings play at home for the last time until 2017 this afternoon as Ryan Anderson and the Magic visit. That's only a slight exaggeration: after Sunday's game, for the rest of January the Kings will play 10 games on the road and two at home. They won't be back in Sacramento until January 18.
That makes the last chance to rely on home court vital. Unfortunately, the Magic are damn good, as teams with Dwight Howard ought to be. Local boy Anderson has been on fire this season; he's average about 18/7, shooting 42 percent on threes as the Magic's new feature stretch four. I'm just glad Anderson has taken from Matt Barnes the mantle of 'best current NBA player from Sacramento.' (Even though Anderson is from El Dorado Hills.)
The Magic are 5-3 and again have one of the league's better offenses (No. 9) and defenses (No. 11). Orlando is shooting well this season, and has a top-tier shooting defense based around Howard. That facet plus Sacramento's iffy shooting could spell doom. But the Kings won't be cajoled into many turnovers; if Sacramento racks them up, it'll be only because they are playing sloppy.
Game's at 3. Game threads at 3 and 4:30. Let's go Kings!