Sacramento (17-25) at Memphis (11-34)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Mon Jan 29, 2007
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With their respective seasons slipping away, the Sacramento Kings and the Memphis Grizzlies both try and get out of their slumps when they meet at the FedEx Forum on Monday

The Kings (17-25) lost to Dallas 106-104 on Saturday, their 10th loss in the last 13 games.

They were just one game below .500 before their slump began, but now only the league-worst Grizzlies (11-34) have fewer wins among Western Conference teams.

“We’re not mad, but we don’t accept it,” said Sacramento’s Ron Artest, who had 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting in Saturday’s loss. “We wanted to win but things haven’t been going our way lately.”

Memphis, meanwhile, has dropped seven of its last nine games after falling to Portland 135-132 in double overtime on Saturday.

The Grizzlies have allowed at least 100 points in 21 straight games, with their opponents are averaging 116.0 points over that span. Things have gotten so bad that All-Star Pau Gasol requested to be traded last week.

“It’s been a tough year. We’re going through tough times,” Gasol said. “Yes, we can win. We just have to keep working hard, and get everyone playing at 100 percent.”

Memphis has had success lately against Sacramento at home, though, winning two straight home meetings between the teams and four of the last five matchups at the FedEx Forum.

Overall the Grizzlies have lost five of their last seven home games.

The Kings won the first meeting in the season series, 115-111 on Nov. 15 at Sacramento, a game in which they made 11 3-pointers.

Mike Bibby, whom the Grizzlies drafted second overall in 1998, scored 32 points - nine on 3-pointers - and had 10 assists in the win. Bibby is averaging 21.5 points and 7.0 assists in his last six games against his former team.

Kevin Martin, who scored 21 points against the Mavericks on Saturday, had 24 points while shooting 5-for-9 from beyond the 3-point arc against Memphis earlier this season.

Gasol missed the first meeting of the season against the Kings as he sat out the first month and a half of the season while recovering from offseason foot surgery, but averaged 23.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in four games against them last season.

The 7-foot Spaniard had 24 points and a season-high 14 rebounds against the Blazers on Saturday, after missing Friday’s loss at San Antonio with a hamstring injury.

Mike Miller, who scored a team-high 28 points against Portland, has recently regained his shooting touch from beyond the 3-point arc.

Miller, who is shooting 42.4 percent from 3-point range overall this season, has made 14 of 25 (56.0 percent) of his 3s in his last three games, after shooting just 2-for-12 (16.7 percent) from long range in the previous two contests.

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