Clippers-Kings Preview

The Sacramento Kings have not enjoyed much success at Arco Arena

lately. A game against the Los Angeles Clippers could help.

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.