DeMarcus Cousins

Pregame Primer: Nets (5-2) at Sacramento Kings (2-7), 6:00 P.M.

Tonight at 6:00pm, the Brooklyn Nets will open up a three game road trip when they battle the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. The Nets are currently riding a four game win streak and will look to make it five in a row tonight.

DeMarcus Cousins

Interior Defense

The Kings are only 2-7, but is a team that has a copious amount of big guys that will certainly test the Nets on the interior. DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson and rookie Thomas Robinson are the type of agile and athletic big men that will test the Nets front line. Over the course of the past week, Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries have done a much better job of defending against the pick and roll and stepping up to stop penetration. They’ll be tested again tonight.

Winning Winnable Games

After defeating the Boston Celtics on Thursday night, the Nets will now play three games in four nights out in California. They will battle the Kings tonight before taking on the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Of those three teams, the Kings are the only team with a losing record and are just 2-4 at home on the season.

Moreover, the Nets haven’t played since Thursday night and were off on Friday, so they are well rested and are playing a team that isn’t great at protecting its home court.

Rebounding

The Kings average just 40.8 rebounds per game and that ranks them 21st in the league. The Nets should be able to control the glass, as they average 42.7 rebounds, which ranks them 12th in the league. One of the few ways the Kings could win is by controlling the glass, so it’s imperative that the Nets maintain their edge.

Keeping Tyreke Evans In Check

Former NBA Rookie of the Year, Tyreke Evans, was once thought of as a future star in the NBA. After battling through injuries last season, Evans has been struggling to find his way in a new offensive scheme built around DeMarcus Cousins. Evans, though, is a handful and will test the Nets on the perimeter. Although he is currently averaging a career low 11.6 points per game and shooting a career low 39 percent from the field. Keith Bogans will likely get the assignment, so he’ll have to keep Evans in check.

The Return of Gerald Wallace?

After sitting out the Nets past six games, Gerald Wallace is a game time decision tonight. It seems as though he may play during the trip, but we’ll know shortly before tip.