• The Sacramento Kings return home following their first road trip of the season in which the team compiled a disappointing 1-4 record, but a strong win against the Raptors and the return of Darren Collison seem to point to an improved record moving forward.

    The team’s first game back at the Golden 1 Center comes Tuesday night against a currently-winless New Orleans Pelicans team.  The Pelicans will be playing their second game in as many nights, losing to the Golden State Warriors in their last matchup on Monday.

    Here are some things to watch for:

    • The New Orleans Pelicans have been dealing with numerous injuries early in the season, so between the back-to-back games and the depleted roster, the Kings should be able to take advantage of the Pelican’s situation.  The Pelican’s game against the Warriors went down to the wire, so many of the team’s key players played heavy minutes, including Anthony Davis.
    • Darren Collison returns to the court Tuesday night following his eight game suspension.  Ty Lawson was able to run the offense effectively in his eight games as the team’s starter, but managed to shoot just over 32%.  The King’s perimeter players have struggled to get going offensively this season, so Collison’s scoring ability should provide a huge boost for the team.
    • Garrett Temple has been playing very well on both sides of the ball in his last few outings, so with Ty Lawson’s recent struggles it will be interesting to see if Temple plays the majority of minutes behind Collison Tuesday night.  With Lawson’s defensive struggles, it will be hard to justify playing him much moving forward if he can’t find a way to get his scoring going.

    While this appears to be a relatively easy matchup for Sacramento, the team will need to be sure to maintain their effort and focus.  Anthony Davis is one of the premier players in the NBA, and can be a true game-changer when he’s on top of his game.  With that said, the Kings have the talent and depth to take home the win.


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