Preview: Kings (31-47) at Lakers (23-55)

The Kings and Lakers square off in a Pacific Division showdown featuring some of the Western Conference’s most promising young talent.
by Shahbaz Khan
Managing Editor, Digital

A rarity in the League, the Los Angeles Lakers emerged victorious in San Antonio on Wednesday evening. Led by Tyler Ennis’ 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, Jordan Clarkson’s 17 and Larry Nance Jr.’s 15, L.A. outplayed the 60-18 Spurs for the wire-to-wire win. Los Angeles held San Antonio to 44 percent from the floor while not allowing any scorers to surpass 14 points.

In the teams’ last meeting, Sacramento narrowly escaped a Lakers comeback, winning 97-96. Overall, Sactown is in the midst of a four-game victory streak at STAPLES Center.

The Kings, meanwhile, have won back-to-back outings, moving to four wins in their past six games. Led by the impressive play of Ben McLemore, who shot 5-of-5 from beyond the arc for 22 points, the Kings pulled out a late win at Golden 1 Center. McLemore is averaging 14 points over the team’s past five games, with three games scoring 15 or more during that stretch.

Between Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Skal Labissiere, Georgios Papagiannis, Willie Cauley-Stein, Buddy Hield and McLemore, the team’s young prospects will decide the outcome of Friday’s game.

Key Matchup
A rebounding machine as of late, Cauley-Stein will be responsible for limiting fellow Wildcat alum Julius Randle. Should Trill continue his strong play, the team will be poised to finish with a third-straight win.

Did You Know?
Sacramento is in its best stretch all-time versus the Lakers, winning nine of their last 10 matchups.

Broadcast Information
The game will be streamed online on NBC Sports California. Fans can also tune into the action on Sports 1140 KHTK Radio and the Sacramento Kings + Golden 1 Center App. Follow Kings.com with live updates and postgame content on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.



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