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Kings vs. Wizards Preview: Let's win two in a row already

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One week ago, the Kings saw a 21 point third quarter lead turn into a 16 point defeat thanks to an atrocious second half.  They'll look to avenge that embarrassing loss as the Wizards head to Sacramento this afternoon.  Today's game tips off at 3:00 pm Pacific on CSN California and KHTK Sports 1140.

3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR

1.  The last time these two teams played, the Kings were without Rudy Gay.  DeMarcus Cousins carried most of the scoring load but didn't receive much help from anyone else.  Cousins should be back in action tonight and hopefully well rested.  The Wizards do have Nene back however.  Nene did not play in the last matchup against the Kings and gives Washington another skilled player and big body.

2.  The Wizards don't really excel at any one thing.  They're an ok offensive team and a pretty good defensive team.  They're fairly efficient offensively, in the top-10 in both FG% and 3P%, but they also don't shoot all that many threes (just 27th in attempts).  This Wizards team is kind of a "jack-of-all-trades" team, able to do everything relatively well.  Weakness wise, they are a bit turnover prone (24th in turnover rate) and don't get to the line much.

3. Again, the Kings haven't won back to back games since NOVEMBER.  This is getting kind of ridiculous.  Just win two in a row already guys.

MATCHUP OF THE GAME

John Wall vs. Ray McCallum

John Wall is the engine that makes the Wizards go and he's having a career-year, averaging 17.4 points to go with 10.0 assists and 1.8 steals a game.  He torched the Kings for 31 points and 12 assists in the last game.  Wall is both strong and quick, making him a tough matchup for just about anyone.  Ray McCallum's job will be to keep him out of the lane and force him to beat you with a jumper.  While Wall hit 4 of 5 threes in the last game against the Kings, that's far from the norm as he averages just 29.9% from distance on the season.

PREGAME LIMERICK

Remember, remember the 5th of November,
when the memory of two in a row wasn't an ember.
The Kings were on fire,
despite a schedule so dire.
Now we're just waiting for next September.

PREDICTION

Kings 108, Wizards 107 after the Wizards fail to get a shot at winning the game because Ramon Sessions dribbles the ball off his foot.  Kings fans nod knowingly.