CHARLOTTE - The Kings are the second-worst road team in the NBA at 5-26. But even they have enough to beat the worst team in the NBA, right?
It would be a mistake to assume that. The Kings figured to walk over a depleted Golden State Warriors team on the day they traded Monta Ellis and instead were beaten soundly.
Here are five things to watch if the Kings are to win on the road tonight.
1. Turnovers - The Kings had only 12 in their last game, but they led to 20 points for Oklahoma City in last Friday's loss.
2. Finish at the rim - The Kings struggle to finish around the basket. Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo averages 1.8 blocked shots in 22.6 minutes per game. He could be a problem for the Kings.
3. Defense - The Bobcats and Kings are two of the worst defensive teams in the NBA. If the Kings find the resolve to defend, they should be in position to win.
4. Perimeter scoring - Marcus Thornton (left quad contusion) is a game-time decision. If he doesn't play (which is likely) the Kings need Tyreke Evans, Jimmer Fredette and Terrence Williams to pick up the slack.
5. Cousins watch - DeMarcus Cousins has been walking a fine line when it comes to picking up his 13th technical foul, which would mean an automatic one-game suspension. If the Bobcats get physical with him, Cousins has no choice but to play through it and try not to engage the officials in heated dialogue.