Feb 01, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans (13) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers guard Nick Young (1) during the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kings Take On Knicks in the Big Apple: Game Preview

The Sacramento Kings prepare to take on the New York Knicks. New York has given the Kings many problems in the past; and with the way the Kings have been playing on this six-game road trip, they will need to find a way to play team basketball for 48 minutes, or else they’ll be run out of Madison Square Garden.

DeMarcus Cousins has had many problems in his career when he has faced teams with Tyson Chandler. Chandler is arguably the best defensive center in the league. Cousins has shown he is capable of taking Chandler off the dribble or posting him up. However, Chandler has always seemed to have the upper-hand as superior player. Cousins will need to move with and without the ball, forcing Chandler to come out of the paint to guard him. He will also need to find his teammates for open shots and help his team facilitate the offense.

The Kings bench has been entirely too unpredictable this season, as they haven’t been able to pull together any extended periods of good play, and will need to produce in their minutes tonight. The Knicks have two of the leagues best bench players in J.R. Smith and Amare Stoudemire. Both average double figures in points.

Tyreke Evans seemed to be possessed last night, scoring 29 points. He will need to have another big night as he will be a major factor in the Kings winning or losing tonight.

Probable Starters:

Sacramento Kings

5 John Salmons Forward
34 Jason Thompson Forward
15 DeMarcus Cousins Center
13 Tyreke Evans Guard
22 Isaiah Thomas Guard

New York Knicks

4 James White Forward
7 Carmelo Anthony Forward
6 Tyson Chandler Center
2 Raymond Felton Guard
21 Iman Shumpert Guard

Tags: Amar'e Stoudamire Carmelo Anthony DeMarcus Cousins Iman Shumpart Isaiah Thomas James White Jason Thompson John Salmons New York Knicks Raymond Felton Sacramento Kings Tyreke Evans Tyson Chandler

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