• The Kings travel to Houston for their final game prior to the All-Star break on Wednesday, trying to ground the red-hot Rockets who have won nine straight games.

    The Rockets sit at 43-13 on the season and are half a game back of the Warriors for first place in the Western Conference. A win for them tonight, and a Warriors loss to the Blazers would be enough to catapult them into the top spot.

    Houston will be motivated to get the job done and secure their 10th straight victory so the Kings are going to have their hands full tonight.

    The Kings have always struggled against the up-tempo style of the Rockets, going just 1-7 against them over the past three seasons. Houston currently sits second in the league in points per game with 114.4, behind only the Warriors, while they sit at the top in points differential (plus-8.8) – when the Rockets win, they win big.

    The Rockets place emphasis on shooting from downtown, taking 42.7 attempts per game and making 15.7 of those on average. They aren’t shy to bomb away, and in past meetings their eyes have lit up at the prospect of playing the youthful Kings who have proven to struggle defending the three-ball.

    A dominant first half helped Sacramento take down Dallas last night, but after leading by as many as 26 points to begin the third quarter, the Kings let their foot off the gas and only held on for a five-point victory.

    The Rockets’ starting backcourt may be the league’s best with Chris Paul and James Harden running the show. Their fit was questioned by many analysts when Houston first acquired Paul, but they’ve proven to be a match made in heaven and have flourished playing next to each other.

    For De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield, it’s going to be a huge test for them to defend and play against two of the NBA’s most talented players. For this group of young guys, outplaying Paul and Harden shouldn’t be their goal, it should be used as a great learning experience and it should give them some great film to run over during the impending All-Star break.

    The Kings, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, have just a 5.8 percent chance to win tonight. Winning at this point in the season, for Sacramento that is, comes second to development and playing against a team like the Rockets is a great chance to do just that.

    PROBABLE STARTERS

    PG – De’Aaron Fox

    SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic

    SF – Justin Jackson

    PF – Zach Randolph

    C – Willie Cauley-Stein

    INJURY REPORT

    Iman Shumpert (foot) – OUT

    Harry Giles (knees) – OUT

    Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – OUT

    Frank Mason (heel) – OUT

    HOW TO WATCH

    When: 5:00 p.m. PST (8:00 p.m. ET)

    Where: NBCS California

Fantasy News

  • Al Horford
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Al Horford had a nice game against the Knicks on Thursday, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and four triples in 34 minutes.

    Horford's fantasy outlook has really gotten a shot in the shoulder due to Joel Embiid's unfortunate shoulder injury. Horford is going to have to be reliable and aggressive offensively to give the Sixers even a sliver of what Embiid did for this team as a scorer. That in itself should pull Horford back towards top-50 value.

  • Tobias Harris
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris picked up the slack and led the way for the Sixers with 34 points, seven boards, seven assists and two defensive counters on Thursday night.

    Harris shot a fantastic 14-of-21 from the floor and led from the front for the Sixers without their two best players. The Sixers are going to need this output on a regular basis if they are going to keep pace in the middle of the Eastern playoff race.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) didn't show significant structural damage in his shoulder and will be re-evaluated in one week.

    This means Embiid will miss at least the next week of action and the probable best-case scenario is that he returns next Saturday against the Warriors. We're getting right up to the fantasy playoffs and for those in head-to-head leagues, it might be a close call. Until then, Al Horford should continue to start.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo will start at point guard for the Lakers on Thursday.

    Rondo will start in place of an injured LeBron James (groin). It looks like the Lakers are going to go with the veteran to keep everything steady and he could be a useful daily play until LeBron returns.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis (sore left elbow) will play on Thursday night against the Warriors.

    This was as expected, so roll out Davis as usual, who should have an exceptional outing as the lead dog for the Lakers with LeBron James out.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown Jr. is questionable for Friday's game against the Suns with left knee soreness.

    The knee held Brown out in Tuesday's game as well so we'll see if he can step back in and produce his underrated lines again. Rookie teammate Sekou Doumbouya is probable with a right calf strain.. Brown has held late-round value this year but we're waiting for Doumbouya to do something with his minutes. He isn't viable in fantasy leagues right now.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kyle Korver
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Kyle Korver will miss Friday's game against the Thunder with a sore back.

    The veteran hasn't played since February 10th and can be ignored in fantasy leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Alfonzo McKinnie (foot) will not play on Friday against the Pelicans.

    McKinnie isn't on many fantasy radars, so he should remain on waiver wires unless something changes in the Cavs rotation.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Andre Drummond will remain out on Friday as he continues to deal with a left calf strain.

    Drummond has lost a significant chunk of playing time in Cleveland and now will miss his second consecutive contest. We should see more from Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance on Friday.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (back soreness) is probable for Friday's game against the Thunder.

    Is GA's back sore from leading the Bucks in another Herculean MVP effort this season? Probably. It wouldn't be surprising to see Antetokounmpo on the injury report and sitting out some games down the stretch as the Bucks have already locked up a spot in the postseason.

    Source: NBA Injury Report