National Basketball Association
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Sacramento at San Antonio
When: 8:30 PM ET, Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

The nine-game rodeo road trip is over and the San Antonio Spurs play at home for the first time since Feb. 6 when they entertain the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. San Antonio went 4-5 on the long excursion as it continues to struggle but hopes a 101-74 trouncing of the Phoenix Suns in the finale is a sign the club is on the verge of getting it together. The Spurs are in seventh place in the Western Conference.

Sacramento is 3-3 since George Karl took over as coach, and the largest triumph came Tuesday when the Kings began an eight-game road trip by annihilating the New York Knicks 124-86. Center DeMarcus Cousins was surprisingly fit to play after missing two games with ankle and hip injuries, and he had 22 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes while posting his 35th double-double of the campaign. Point guard Darren Collison underwent core muscle surgery and is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, CSN California (Sacramento), FSN Southwest (San Antonio)

ABOUT THE KINGS (21-37):
Karl credited the offensive splurge against the Knicks to the presence of Cousins, saying his ability to pass the ball opens up the offense. The All-Star still is getting adjusted to Karl’s system, and team-first unselfish basketball is much to his liking. “I think we did a good job of sharing the ball,” Cousins told reporters. “Everyone was involved. I think we communicated well early on and I think everyone played within the flow of the game, so it made it a lot easier.”

ABOUT THE SPURS (36-23): Veteran power forward Tim Duncan knows the season has been a rough one for the defending champions, but he’s hoping cooler heads will prevail with just 23 games remaining. “When you lose games, three or four in a row like we have, people start to panic and want to change something or change everything,” Duncan told reporters. “You have to stay steady with it and understand it’s a work in progress and we’re not in as bad a position as it may seem at the time.” Small forward Kawhi Leonard had a big game against the Suns with 22 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double since Jan. 25.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Kings have dropped five straight games in San Antonio.

2. Spurs PG Tony Parker is just 13-of-50 from the field over the last five games.

3. Sacramento SF Rudy Gay scored 25 points against New York for his 35th 20-point outing of the season.

PREDICTION:
Spurs 97, Kings 93
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Sacramento 21-37 W1 13-19 8-18 2-4 19-33 4-8 14-24
San Antonio 36-23 W2 20-7 16-16 1-1 35-22 4-6 20-18
Last Meeting
Sacramento San Antonio
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/27/15 SA 107 SAC 96 96 47 48.1 107 42 39.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Sacramento B. McLemore 21 62.5 10
San Antonio T. Parker 19 43.8 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Sacramento R. Evans 11 1 10
San Antonio T. Splitter 9 3 6
Assists Player  
Sacramento R. Gay 4
San Antonio K. Leonard 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Sacramento R. Gay 1165 44.4 281
San Antonio T. Duncan 812 49.5 171
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Sacramento D. Cousins 570 133 437
San Antonio T. Duncan 547 138 409
Assists Player  
Sacramento D. Collison 281
San Antonio M. Ginobili 254
Quickchart Matchup
Sacramento Off vs  San Antonio Defense
100.5 Points For
97.1 Points Against
45.1 FG%
44.3 FG%
44.9 Reb
42.9 Reb
San Antonio Off vs  Sacramento Defense
100.6 Points For
104.1 Points Against
45.4 FG%
44.9 FG%
42.9 Reb
40.6 Reb