The Los Angeles Clippers (9-6) meet the Sacramento Kings (4-10) for the first time this season at Staples. Game time is 7:30pm.
Last season, the Clippers won all three match-ups with the Kings by an average margin of 10 points. DeMarcus Cousins and Blake Griffin had a testy exchange in their final contest.
Our take: This looks to be an easy win for the Clippers on their home floor, but we’ve said that before. The Clippers, for reasons unknown to all but themselves, seem to find ways to play down to inferior opponents (witness: losses to Cleveland, Golden State, and New Orleans this season). The Kings aren’t entirely bad, either, and they did beat the Lakers last week, after all. With Center DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson, Jason Thompsen, and Tyreke Evans, the Kings boast a young, talented roster with lots of future promise. The Clippers, however, with Chauncey Billups back and lots of firepower off the bench, should get a win, especially given the fact that the Kings are playing the second of back-to-back nights. Our prediction: Clippers 110, Kings 92.