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Kings vs. Hornets preview: A showdown between De’Aaron Fox and LaMelo Ball

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Sacramento is trying to win back-to-back games for the first time in three weeks.

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The Sacramento Kings will try to win their second game in a row when they host the Charlotte Hornets.

The Kings ended their nine-game losing streak by beating the lowly Detroit Pistons on Friday. Sacramento will be without Tyrese Haliburton against Charlotte. The standout rookie is dealing with a calf injury and is considered day-to-day.

Game Information

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento

When: Sunday Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. PT

How to watch/listen: NBC Sports California, KHTK Sports 1140 AM

Opposing perspective: At The Hive

Projected Starting Lineups

Kings (13-20): De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley, Richaun Holmes

Hornets (15-17): LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, P.J. Washington, Malik Monk, Cody Martin

Injuries/Absences

Kings: Tyrese Haliburton (calf), Chimeze Metu (wrist), Jabari Parker and Hassan Whiteside (health and safety) — OUT

Hornets: Gordon Hayward (hand), Cody Zeller (hip) — DOUBTFUL

Point guard De’Aaron Fox rebounded from a rough couple of weeks with 27 points, six assists and five rebounds against the Pistons. All of the Kings starters hit double figures on Friday. Center Richaun Holmes was spectacular, finishing the game with 19 points and 17 rebounds.

It will a fascinating matchup between Fox and LaMelo Ball. The rookie is averaging 15 points, 6.1 rebounds 6.1 assists for the Hornets this season. It looks like Charlotte will be without its leading scorer for this one, with Gordon Hayward listed as doubtful.

Sacramento will have to continue to focus on the defensive end. The Kings are giving up 120.1 points per game, the most out of any NBA team. The Hornets rank 21st in the league in points allowed per game.

These are the type of games Sacramento needs to win if it wants to stay in the race for a postseason berth. Even after the nine-game slide, the Kings are only three games out of a play-in spot. Sacramento has played one of the toughest schedules in the league so far, but it gets easier from here.