The Charlotte Bobcats‘ stumble toward history continues when they host theSacramento Kings on Sunday. The Bobcats, who have lost 19 straight, will finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history if they drop their last four games. The Kings, however, could keep Charlotte out of the record books. Sacramento is tied with New Orleans for the worst record in the Western Conference. The Kings have lost 14 of 17 and are 5-26 on the road.
Kings Bobcats Betting
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 22, 2012
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
TV: 6 p.m. ET, Comcast Sports Net California, Sports South Charlotte
Sacramento Kings (20-43): Other than the possibility of picking up a prime lottery pick, there’s been little for which to cheer in Sacramento lately. The Kings have lost nine of 10 and are 2-9 in April. Sacramento again played without leading scorer Marcus Thornton in Friday’s 103-92 loss to Oklahoma City. Thornton, who averages 18.7 points, has missed five games this month with an assortment of injuries to his left leg. The Kings are 1-11 in games Thornton has missed. Sacramento’s defense has abysmal in recent games. The Kings have allowed four of their last five opponents to shoot at least 50 percent.
Charlotte Bobcats (7-55): For most of Friday’s game against Memphis, it appeared the Charlotte city leaders might be planning a parade to honor the Bobcats for ending their losing streak. Charlotte started quickly by taking a 17-4 lead and was ahead 65-57 going into the fourth quarter. At that point, the Bobcats may have remembered they haven’t won since March 17. Charlotte fell apart in the final 12 minutes and lost 85-80. The Bobcats scored 15 points, were 5 of 17 from the field and committed seven turnovers. The collapse ruined an outstanding game by Gerald Henderson, who matched his career high with 32 points.
1. It appears John Salmons’ season is about to come to an end. The Kings forward missed his 14th straight game Friday with a sore hip and it appears unlikely he will return in the final three contests.
2. The Bobcats finish the season with road games against Washington on Monday and Orlando on Wednesday. Charlotte hosts New York on Thursday.
3. Sunday’s matchup is the only time the teams will meet this season. The Bobcats have beaten the Kings six straight games. Sacramento’s last win came on Feb. 22, 2008 in a 116-115 overtime victory.
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