Kings Vs. Grizzlies Projected Lineups, Injury Reports, Player Usage

The Kings continue to score in bunches, posting 112 points or more in each of their first four games. Unfortunately, they boast the NBA's 29th-worst-rated defense and have only one win so far on the young season.

Next up for Sacramento are the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center. The Grizzlies have Mike Conley and Marc Gasol healthy to start the season, and former King Garrett Temple is helping to anchor Memphis' defense.

This is the first of two home games for the Kings before they hit the road for another four-game trip . They'll face the Washington Wizards on Friday before heading to Miami and Orlando on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Kings-Grizzlies game:


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Projected Starting Lineups

PG De'Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Justin Jackson
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

PG Mike Conley
SG Garrett Temple
SF Kyle Anderson
PF Jaren Jackson
C Marc Gasol

Injury Reports

SG Bogdan Bogdanovic (left knee) OUT, C Kosta Koufos (hamstring) OUT, SG/SF Iman Shumpert (sore left hip) OUT.

PF Jamychal Green (jaw) OUT, SF Chandler Parsons (knee) OUT, G Dillon Brooks (foot) DOUBTFUL, SG Garrett Temple (groin) PROBABLE.

Rotation Outlook

Coach Dave Joerger is getting major offensive contributions from almost all of his rotational players, but the group is struggling on defense. De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield both played limited minutes in Denver, and should be primed to go deep into the game against Memphis.

Rookie Marvin Bagley put up big numbers versus the Nuggets, posting 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 32 minutes. He's pushing for more time with every performance. Harry Giles has struggled early on and could use a breakout game.

Coach J.B. Bickerstaff has his team playing extremely well early in the season. He's relying heavily on a veteran group, including two former Kings players in Temple and Omri Casspi, to play most of the minutes.

Like Joerger, Bickerstaff is using a 10-man rotation early in the season, and he's been forced to push rookie Jaren Jackson into the starting lineup after an injury to Jamychal Green. It's a classic grit-and-grind system in Memphis, heavily focusing on Conley and Gasol.

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