• After a disappointing loss to the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night, the Sacramento Kings turn their attention towards the Los Angeles Clippers for their game Friday at the Golden 1 Center.

    The team enters the game with a 4-8 record, so they will need to start stringing together wins if they plan to remain in position to compete for a playoff spot.  The Kings have had quite a few close losses against good teams, but these good performances will need to start resulting in wins.

    Here are some notes heading into the game:

    • The Clippers come in to play Friday giving up just 93.8 points per game, the second best mark in the league behind only the Utah Jazz.  Sacramento has struggled to balance out their offense, but they will need to find a way to get everyone involved if they plan to beat a defense as good as the Clippers.
    • Los Angeles lost their last game Wednesday night 111-107 against Memphis.  The Grizzlies were lifted by big games from Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, so the Kings could have similar success going to Cousins in the paint.  The caveat here is that Memphis was able to space the floor to give their big men room to operate.  Conley contributed 30 points in the win, and the team shot 57.7% from behind the arc.  Sacramento will need to provide similar spacing to keep the Clipper’s defense honest.
    • DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are two of the more physical players in the league, so Sacramento will need to be careful with Cousins inside.  Cousins is averaging 4.3 fouls per game this season, and early foul trouble for him may put the team in a big hole early.

    The Clippers are one of the best teams in the NBA, but early losses against teams like Miami and Orlando have put the Kings in a tough spot.  The schedule doesn’t get much easier going forward, so the team will need a few good wins to remain competitive, and a victory tonight against the Clippers may be exactly what they need.

Fantasy News

  • Josh Richardson
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Josh Richardson (right hamstring strain) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game.

    Matisse Thybulle has played some strong games in Richardson's absence. However, he and Furkan Korkmaz will get less playing time when Richardson is back in the fold.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Aron Baynes (left calf strain) is listed as probable for Monday's contest.

    Baynes last played on November 29. He is shooting 43.9 percent from long range which is part of the reason he has reached 14.7 points per game thus far. Frank Kaminsky's value will take a hit upon his return.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Coby White
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Coby White (right hamstring tightness) is considered probable for Monday's game.

    Jim Boylen is expected to provide an update shortly. White possesses definite potential but has struggled with his shot during his rookie campaign.

    Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter

  • Jacob Evans
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Jacob Evans (left adductor strain) will be available on Monday.

    Evans last played on October 28. He could displace Ky Bowman but isn't especially relevant in fantasy at this juncture.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Damion Lee
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Damion Lee (fractured left hand) will not play on Monday.

    Lee was previously listed as probable but is now out. This should give Glenn Robinson another chance to prove his worth.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward, who is returning from a fractured left hand, will start on Monday and his minutes will not be restricted.

    This is an exciting development for his owners. Hayward was looking great before his injury, including a 39 point game back on November 5. However, it seems that he will be in a pain management situation going forward.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Patrick Patterson
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Patterson (back spasms) will be in the starting lineup on Monday.

    Patterson missed Sunday's game but will replace Kawhi Leonard, who is resting. He was surprisingly effective last Tuesday against the Blazers. However, he is averaging only 14 minutes per game overall.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (eye infection) will not play during Monday's game.

    Brad Wanamaker should see a few more minutes. Smart has dealt with many injury issues this season, much to the frustration of his owners.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward (fractured left hand) will be available on Monday.

    Hayward was expected to miss six weeks with the injury but is returning in about four weeks. Hayward will probably be eased back especially because he is still feeling pain, but his availability bodes well for the Celtics going forward. Jaylen Brown may lose some playing time.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon (sore right hand) will start against the Clippers on Monday.

    Brogdon is having a fine season so far and the Pacers will be pleased to have him available. He has averaged 19.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 7.7 assists. That sort of production has kept Aaron Holiday on the bench more often than not.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter