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San Antonio Spurs vs Sacramento Kings: Game Preview

Nov 9, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 9, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports /
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The San Antonio Spurs (47-9) are back on the hardwood Wednesday as they continue their Rodeo-Road Trip taking on the Sacramento Kings (24-31).

The Kings come into the game on a three-game win streak behind the play of their All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins scored 21 against the Spurs in November but missed 15 of 20 from the field. His career 16.6 scoring average against San Antonio is his second-lowest against any opponent after Memphis (15.6).

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During their current streak, Cousins is scoring 34.7 points per game, hitting 54.8 percent from the floor. On Tuesday, the Kings center scored 39 points in a 114-110 victory at Denver.

Rudy Gay did not have the same outing as Cousins in November. He was limited to just 10 points . But, over the Kings last three games he is averaging 20.7 points as well as hitting 50 percent of his 3s (7-of-14). During Tuesday’s win, he finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

No secret that the Spurs are not clicking on the defensive side of the ball. Teams have been able to find the bottom of the basket recently. San Antonio over their last three games allowed 109.6 points per game. You would come to realization that with that number, we would be talking about losses. Well, San Antonio on their current eight game road-trip, they are sporting a 4-1 record. All of which have been without Kawhi Leonard — the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

With Leonard possibly missing his fourth straight game, the Spurs will try to tighten up the loose ends against the Kings where they have had little problems — winning 34 of the past 38 matchups, including 17 of 19 in Sacramento.

Tony Parker and Patty Mills have been key to the Spurs 4-1 record on the road in regards to Leonard’s absence. Parker is averaging 20.3 points during that span after scoring 22 against the Suns. Mills has scored 36 points over the last two games, matching his career best with six 3s Sunday.

The Spurs have won four straight in this series as they look to improve their record on the road where they are 19-9 this season while the Kings are 14-13 at home.

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