The Sacramento Kings have not lost at home in six weeks, so it may be just the place to snap a skid against their Northern California rival.
The Kings try to extend their home-winning streak to nine games when they host the Golden State Warriors.
Golden State, however, has won three straight meetings in the series and five of the last six.
Sacramento has not lost at Arco Arena since a 108-83 defeat Jan. 8 to the Indiana Pacers. This is the Kings’ best stretch at home since winning 10 in a row to start the 2003-04 season.
The Kings dropped their last game before the All-Star break, 84-78 Wednesday to Memphis. Sacramento shot 37 percent from the field and missed 18 of 19 3-pointers.
The Kings also failed to score in the final 5:13 of the game.
“That happens,” said reserve Francisco Garcia of the scoreless span. “They were playing really good defense. We just made a couple of mistakes, and when you are on the road and you make mistakes like that, it’s hard to win the game.”
Despite five wins in their last seven games, the Kings are in last place in the Pacific Division, one-half game behind Golden State.
“Every game in the Western Conference you play, you have to win,” said Kings coach Rick Adelman. “We could be a pretty darn good team; we just have to get on the floor and do it.”
The Warriors on Wednesday let a 24-point lead dwindle to single digits, but still managed an 88-81 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Golden State shot just 38.5 percent from the floor and 65.8 percent from the free throw line.
Point guard Baron Davis missed the last two games before the break after hurting his ankle on Feb. 11 in a 99-91 victory over Cleveland. Davis is questionable for Tuesday’s game, but Derek Fisher has been a strong replacement.
Fisher has tallied 21 points, nine assists and four rebounds in consecutive starts in place of Davis.
“Fisher is stepping up big time,” said Jason Richardson, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Clippers. “He’s the leading the show and he’s doing a great job. We depend on him.”
Richardson’s performance followed a season-low 10-point effort in a 81-79 loss on Feb. 13 to Memphis. The Warriors leading scorer is averaging 24.1 points in 16 career games against the Kings, well above his 18.2 career average.
The Warriors have lost seven of their last eight road games.