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Charlotte Hornets vs Sacramento Kings preview

The Hornets take on a dysfunctional, but talented, Kings team.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Charlotte Hornets vs Sacramento Kings

When: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

The Charlotte Hornets had a nice long weekend break, and tonight they take on the Sacramento Kings. This will be an interesting matchup, because while the Kings arguably have more talented pieces the Hornets are in a much more stable state.

Sacremento is in a very weird place as a team, and a franchise. The Kings have a superstar big man in DeMarcus Cousins that at this point can score from anywhere on the floor. They have a former all-star point guard in Rajon Rondo, a solid wing scorer with Rudy Gay, and a future hall of game coach in George Karl. This should be a team on the same level as the Hornets, but there's been a flurry of off court issues with them.

Rumors of Karl being fired, Cousins being traded, and a lack of consistency in the front office has had an effect on the team overall, and that's held them down from going above talent. They have good players, but their role players are merely okay at best, and it's not exactly a situation that creates chemistry.

Even so, the Hornets could easily lose to the Kings if their shots aren't falling, or they fail to contain Sacramento's stars. Rondo has a handful of triple doubles this season, and Cousins is a monster on the floor. If either of those two get going it could be a long night for the Hornets.

Luckily, Charlotte has skilled players of their own in Al Jefferson and Nicolas Batum that can put up some numbers of their own if given the chance. The Kings defense is inconsistent, and that's a weakness of their's a 3-point happy team like Charlotte should be able to exploit. The question now is will they be able to do so?