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Lakers vs. Kings Game Preview: Lackluster Lakers host dysfunctional Kings

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There's trouble in the Kings' court. Again.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are having a brutal season, but the chaos surrounding the Sacramento Kings may be even more worse. The latest turn for Sacramento includes DeMarcus Cousins calling out George Karl directly for his recent suspension, not the team itself. I'd say trouble in paradise but what the Kings have been dealing with this season is far from being in a breezy exotic location.

The Lakers played terribly against the Knicks until the fourth quarter, where things got interesting. The downside? It was off the strength of Lou Williams, Marcelo Huertas and Brandon Bass. The young core was left on the bench to observe like the fans in attendance, with Scott riding a group that was certainly working for a stretch. That left the youth in the cold without a chance to close things out, though, which has become harder to sit through with just 15 games left in the season.

D'Angelo Russell's enjoyed playing against Rajon Rondo and even said thus far his game in Sacramento was one of his favorite moments of the year in his live chat Monday. He'll have another chance to line up against his fellow Kentucky-born contemporary tonight.

Things are getting tight in the NBA Draft lottery standings, and with two games against the Phoenix Suns remaining, every game is beginning to take on a different meaning. It's not the tank of last year, but this last batch of games is critical for their chances in keeping their top-three protected pick.

It's also the last 15 of Kobe Bryant's career, so cherish it, even if the product on the floor has been lackluster.

Time: 7:30 p.m. PT

TV: TWCSN