Sacramento tries to snap a five-game skid at home and eight in a row overall Thursday night when they face a Clippers team that will be glad to be finishing off the road portion of its schedule.
The Kings (24-54) clinched their second straight season with a losing record at home on Tuesday, falling 95-86 to San Antonio. Tied with 5:51 left, Sacramento went scoreless for four-plus minutes as the Spurs rolled off 12 straight points.
"It was down the stretch, same thing as what happened against Portland," said rookie Tyreke Evans, referring to the Kings getting outscored by eight in the final 12 minutes of Saturday's 98-87 loss to the Trail Blazers. " ... We just have to keep going in the fourth and execute."
Sacramento now looks to snap its longest home losing streak since an eight-game stretch from Nov. 11-Dec. 6, 2008.
The Kings, however, have won four straight and 42 of 52 against the Clippers in northern California since the franchise relocated from Kansas City, Mo., following the 1984-85 season.
In the teams' last meeting in Sacramento on Feb. 28, Evans scored 22 points and Carl Landry had 18 with eight rebounds as the Kings won 97-92.
Center Chris Kaman posted his sixth straight double-double against Sacramento in that game with 18 points and 11 boards after missing Los Angeles' previous three visits due to injury.
Kaman and the Clippers (27-51) will be trying to snap a six-game skid after falling 93-85 to visiting Portland on Wednesday.
"We missed a myriad of open shots and layups in the fourth quarter that really hurt us,'' said Kim Hughes, who earned his first win as Clippers interim head coach with a 99-89 victory over the Kings on Feb. 20 in Los Angeles.
While Hughes' team is 8-32 on the road and has just three wins outside of Los Angeles since Dec. 19, Sacramento hasn't won since a 102-89 triumph over the host Clippers on March 21. Even with Evans sidelined in that contest with a slight concussion and facial injuries, the Kings were carried by Landry's 24 points and Beno Udrih's 20 and career-best 17 assists.
Clippers guard Eric Gordon is averaging 22.0 points on 52.3 percent shooting against Sacramento this season.
The Kings are 38-7 versus the Clippers at Arco Arena since the venue opened in 1988.