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Kings vs. Lakers Preview: Oh how the mighty have fallen

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Webber. Shaq. Peja. Kobe.  Kings and Lakers was once a nationally televised event, a game that everyone would make time to watch.  Things have changed a bit since those heady times, with Sacramento being joined by the Lakers in the cellar.  Now we get to watch Derrick Williams and Jordan Clarkson duke it out.  Not exactly the same luster.  Tonight's game tips off at 7:00 pm Pacific on CSN California and KHTK Sports 1140.

3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR

1.  One fun thing is that the Kings can straight up crush the Lakers in both games of the season and not affect their lottery positioning (I'm assuming Orlando doesn't win both of their final games).  That's always fun.

2.  Both teams are riding their benches hard after various injuries.  The Lakers starting lineup is expected to be Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown, Ryan Kelly, Ed Davis and Tarik Black.  Even NBA diehards probably don't know who some of those players are.  The Kings aren't exactly throwing out the big names themselves.

3.  It's the last home game of the season, and thus marks the end of the penultimate year in this building.  Just over a year and a half from now the Kings will be opening up in a brand new building, so just remember that even though things suck right now, at least we can look forward to the new building and long term security for our team.

MATCHUP OF THE GAME

Jordan Clarkson vs. Ray McCallum

Jordan Clarkson has been somewhat of a steal for the Lakers.  A second round pick, Clarkson has supplanted Jeremy Lin in the starting lineup and has produced some nice scoring efforts for Los Angeles.  Clarkson's currently playing Point Guard but he's more of a shooting guard.  I think McCallum actually matches up nicely with him and could look to take advantage of him on the other end of the court.

PREGAME LIMERICK

When I was a kid, I dreamed of beating LA,
of a Kings playoff win on a bright summer day.
Was crushed when we lost.
Despite the emotional cost,
I can't wait to once again see the Kings play in May.

PREDICTION

Kings 118, Lakers 104 after David Stockton decides to avenge "Uncle Karl" and drops a triple double on the Lakers.