Right off the bat the Sacramento Kings take on the Golden State Warriors in what will be a great way to open the season for Northern California basketball. The game is set to take part at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on October 29th. hey last time they opened a season against each other in 2012 it was the Kings who came out on top 94-92.
Last season they faced each other four times with the Warriors winning all four, so a bit of payback could be on the minds of some. This season they face each other on October 28th, December 22nd, January 23rd, and February 3rd.
For the newly drafted Nik Stauskas January 28th will be a big deal because that’s when the Sacramento Kings face his hometown team, the Toronto Raptors. Oddly enough, that is also Rudy Gay’s former team. In his first game against his former team Gay had 15 points, five assists, and three steals.
This upcoming season the Sacramento Kings will be on national television for a total of seven times. This includes one ESPN broadcast against the reigning MVP Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder as well as two on TNT versus the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets. The remaining four games are on NBA TV all of which are against Eastern Conference foes such as the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. All seven national broadcasts will feature the Kings as the home team.
Also, the Sacramento Kings have 17 back-to-backs. While that may seem like a pretty high number, it’s actually on the lower side of things as far as all 30 teams are concerned. The highest amount of back-to-backs any team has this season is 22 (Pistons) while the lowest (Lakers & Heat) is 14.
“Of the 17 sets of back-to-back games, three are of the home-home variety, seven are away-away, two represent the away-home category and five are home-away,” according to the team’s website.
Their longest road trip of the season will be a seven-game stint from March 4th through the 14th spanning mostly the west coast. However, right after that they head back home for eight of their 12 games in what could be an important stretch after the All-Star break.
Some other games that stand out are Lebron James’ return to Sacramento in his second stint with the Cavaliers, where he in fact made his NBA debut. Also, the Sacramento Kings and L.A. Lakers close out the season with a home-and-home series in what could have some importance depending on whether either team has a successful 2014 campaign.