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February 27, 2013
Kings at Magic: Five things to watch

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Kings haven't been great in back-to-back games this season.

The Kings have been swept seven times in back-to-back games.

Now they'll play in the second of back-to-back games tonight against the Orlando Magic after playing a double-overtime game Tuesday night at Miami.

"Back to backs aren't really that tough," said center DeMarcus Cousins. "But after a double OT game, that's pretty tough."

Here are five things to look for tonight after four starters at least 43 minutes against the Heat.

1. Early substitutions: John Salmons played a game-high 50 minutes. DeMarcus Cousins played the second-most minutes at 49. Keith Smart will probably look to rest the and the rest of the players that played a lot early and save them for the second half.

2. Jimmer time: Without having to deal with the ultra-athletic backcourt of the Miami Heat, Jimmer Fredette could play tonight. That would mean littler or no Aaron Brooks.

3. One more guard: Smart said before Tuesday's game tonight might be when Toney Douglas makes his debut with the Kings. Smart said Douglas could play either guard spot.

4. Passing flow: The Kings played a team game on offense with a season-high 33 assists. If the Kings can maintain that, they'll have a chance to end two losing streaks. The Kings have lost six in a row and nine consecutive road games.

5. Bring the scoring down: The Kings have allowed 124.3 points per game in the first three games of this road trip. If the Magic is at 100 points with plenty of time to go in the fourth quarter, Kings should be concerned. Orlando is 25th (93.86 points per game) in scoring in the NBA.

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