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Kings vs. Clippers Preview: No Boogie, No Rudy, Lots of Problems

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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings aren't catching a break.  After coming off an 8 game road trip, the first team they had to face on their first night home was the Atlanta Hawks.  They're following that up with a game tonight against the Clippers, likely without DeMarcus Cousins or Rudy Gay. Oy vey. Tonight's game tips off at 7:00 pm Pacific on CSN California and KHTK Sports 1140.

3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR

1. This has not been a great year in terms of injury luck for the Sacramento Kings.  Darren Collison is already out for the season and Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins have already missed significant time.  Both Gay and Cousins are listed as questionable for tonight's game, and given that Sacramento isn't playing for anything anymore, I doubt they'll try to play, even though it is against the hated Clippers.  In those guys absences, the Kings will need huge efforts from everyone else if they hope to stand a chance.

2. The Kings have been terrible defensively lately, especially when guarding from beyond the arc.  That's not good news for Kings fans given that the Clippers are the third most accurate team from distance in the league and they're also 3rd in total three point makes and attempts.

3. Blake Griffin has recently come back from elbow injury and he just makes the Clippers that much better.  In fact, it's a bit surprising they didn't fall off harder without him but that's what having a veteran team led by Chris Paul will do for you.

MATCHUP OF THE GAME

DeAndre Jordan vs. Jason Thompson

The last time these two teams played without DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson had a huge game, scoring 23 points to go with 22 rebounds.  Jordan was a non-factor for Los Angeles and for Sacramento to have a remote chance without Cousins and Gay, Thompson will once again have to step up on both ends of the court.

PREGAME LIMERICK

In NBA terms, March has really sucked
so many games the Kings have mucked.
Now salt in the wound,
injuries have ballooned,
personally I think we're super (word that rhymes with sucked and mucked).

PREDICTION

Kings 142, Clippers 107 after Doc Rivers decides to dedicate the entirety of the 4th quarter to showing the NBA how good Austin Rivers is by playing him by himself against five of the Kings players.  As such Sacramento completes a 35 points comeback to win by 35 points themselves.