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Kings standing pat in Power Rankings as they prepare for tough final November stretch

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Kings have had a very good November so far but the worst is yet to come.  The combined record of the next 5 teams Sacramento has to face is 49-16, and three of those games are on the road.  If the Kings come out of this week smelling like roses, these rankings will be much more justified.

Big brother has us at 11th for the second straight week.

The Kings stand pat at 11th in our power rankings, though a rematch between DeMarcus Cousins and Davis Tuesday could change things up. Either way, we're all winners when we get to watch two of the best young big men in the NBA fight it out again. also decided to keep the status quo at 11th, and John Schumann provides a fun stat to boot.

The Kings are the only team that hasn't had an above-average defense in the last eight seasons. They're average now, and their starting lineup has been the best defensive unit that has played at least 75 minutes, having held opponents under 40 percent shooting in eight of its 12 games. All other Kings lineups have allowed 110 points per 100 possessions.

ESPN dropped us slightly to 13th, but has plenty of praise for Boogie still.

DeMarcus Cousins has only two technical fouls, and he's leading the league in rebounding and has fared fairly well against Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah and, yes, Anthony Davis. Someone please tell me again how you're supposed to choose between Boogie, Davis and Gasol for Player of the Month out West?

SportsIllustrated actually moved us up a notch to 8th, and they point out Sacramento's soft December schedule as well.

Only one of Sacramento's eight wins have come against an Eastern Conference team. The schedule doesn't get any easier this week, with clashes against the Pelicans, Rockets, Spurs and Grizzlies. The good news? Only four of the Kings' 15 December opponents currently own winning records.

USA Today kept us put at 13th.

DeMarcus Cousins leads the league in personal fouls and personal fouls drawn, as you'd expect.

Yahoo also moved us up slightly to 8th and provided some history.

The last time the Kings were 8-5 was eight years ago. Sacramento, which plays at New Orleans on Tuesday, was last 9-5 a decade ago.