Portland (8-18) at Sacramento (10-16) 10:00 pm EST
SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) - While many expected the
Portland Trail Blazers to finish toward the bottom of the
Western Conference this season, the Sacramento Kings have
brought them unexpected company.
The Trail Blazers conclude a four-game road trip Monday when
they visit the Kings in a matchup of teams hungry for a victory.
Portland has a chance to post consecutive wins for the first
time since November 5-9 following its 91-83 triumph over
Minnesota on Friday. Ruben Patterson scored a season-high 23
points and Zach Randolph chipped in 21 and 10 rebounds for the
Trail Blazers, who had dropped five of their previous six games.
Sacramento, which has made the playoffs in each of the past
seven seasons, is in serious danger of failing to extend the
streak this season.
The Kings have dropped four straight contests, with the latest
coming Thursday in a 105-95 setback vs. Dallas. Mike Bibby
scored 22 points to lead six players in double figures and
Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 13 and eight rebounds for Sacramento,
which played without a pair of starters.
All-Star forward Peja Stojakovic is expected to miss multiple
games with a back injury, while guard Bonzi Wells is out for
several weeks with a groin tear.
The Kings won three of four meetings against the Blazers in the
2004-05 season, including both contests here.