5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Kings


The San Antonio Spurs (45-14) will host the Sacramento Kings (20-39) tonight in San Antonio as the Spurs looks to erase the bad taste from losing on their home court recently to the Suns after not losing at the AT&T Center since November. The Spurs will be without Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal and Boris Diaw due to individual injuries which will leave the bench pretty depleted.

This will be the Spurs and Kings' third meeting this season with the Spurs winning the first two contests. In the most recent game, the Spurs won 108-102 at Sacramento. Parker led the Spurs with 30 points and 11 assists.

The Spurs are coming off a 101-105 overtime loss to the Suns in San Antonio. Tim Duncan finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Spurs. San Antonio blew an 11-point lead on the Suns.

The Kings are coming off a 125-101 win over the Magic. John Salmons finished with 21 points and the Kings’ bench scored a season-high 64 points to help the Kings end a six-game losing streak and a nine-game road losing skid.

And as the Spurs look to start a new winning streak, here are five things to watch for during tonight's game:

• The Spurs haven't lost two straight in San Antonio since March 2011.

• The Kings are 6-26 in road games this season.

• Kings' Salmons has averaged 18.0 points in the last three games.  

• The Kings have made 10 or more three-pointers in each of the last four games.  

• Kings' Marcus Thornton is averaging 22.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, and 31.0 mpg in the last three games.