The Bullets, who couldn't beat the Kansas City Kings in Kansas City three weeks ago, will see if playing the Kings in Omaha, Neb., tonight will change their fortunes.

Neither team has played consistently good basketball since that meeting, which the Kings won easily, 120-106.

The star of that game, rookie Otis Bridsong, still is being brought along slowly by coach Phil Johnson.

Birdsong normally plays the second and fourth quarters, substituting for veteran sharpshooter Ron Boone.

Birdsong was in for only 20 minutes against Washington, but scored 24 points by hitting 10 of 16 field-goal tries and four of six foul shots. He also had two assists.

Washington coach Dick Motta said that he expected the Bullet guards to do a better job on the rookie the second time around.

"The first time you face anyone, you aren't sure of their moves," said Motta. "Birdsong gave us problems, but he shouldn't be able to get away with the same fakes again. At least, I hope not."

Birdsong was the Southwest Conference's all-time scorer while playing at Houston. He had gained a reputation in college as a one-dimensional player, but since coming to Kansas City, has shown an ability to play defense and handle the ball.