An exciting season awaits the Sacramento Kings and early on Tuesday IST, the 2019-20 NBA regular season schedule was released.
The Kings, one of two teams set to participate in the first-ever NBA India Games, will travel a total of 53,071 miles for their 41 road games - the third-most in the league. Their longest homestand consists of six games over a 11-day period while their longest road trip includes fives games in 10 days.
Now, let's take a look at the ten must-see contests from the Kings' schedule:
The full 2019-20 NBA regular season schedule can be found here. Games are in chronological order. All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST).
Vs. Portland Trail Blazers (Oct. 26, 7:30 AM)
The Sacramento Kings play their first home game at the Golden 1 Center on Day 4 of the 2019-20 regular season when they host last season's Conference Finalists in the Portland Trail Blazers,
Led by their dynamic backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Blazers won the 2018-19 season series against the Kings 2-1 with all games decided by single digits.
@ Utah Jazz (Oct. 27, 6:30 AM)
The Utah Jazz were among the top teams in the 2019 offseason to take a step towards title contention.
The Kings will travel to Salt Lake City to face the Jazz at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on the second night of a back-to-back, their first of the 2019-20 campaign.
In 2018-19, the Kings lost their season series to the Jazz 1-3.
@ Los Angeles Lakers (Nov. 16, 9 AM)
The Kings' 2019-20 season series with the Los Angeles Lakers will tip-off at the STAPLES Center on Nov. 16.
Not only will this be the first time, the young Kings face-off against the superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis but this game would mark the return of Luke Walton to Los Angeles after coaching the team in the previous three seasons.
Of their four matchups last season, the Kings only managed to win one - on December 28th, courtesy off a game-winner by Bogdan Bogdanovic.
@ Philadelphia 76ers (Nov. 28, 5:30 AM)
After suffering eliminations in the Conference Semifinals in consecutive years, the 76ers have taken a major towards title contention by adding Al Horford to their All-Star duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
The Kings will compete against this team for the first time on the road in Philadelphia, in the finale of a four-game East Coast road trip.
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Last year, they split the season series with the 76ers and they haven't lost both contests in a season to the Philadelphia franchise since the 2012-13 season. Can they maintain that streak?
@ Houston Rockets (Dec. 10, 8:30 AM)
A week and a half into the 2019 free agency, the Rockets pulled off a blockbuster trade to re-unite former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
The Kings will see this former MVP duo and the Rockets for the first time at the Toyota Center in the finale of a four-game road trip.
Harden and the Rockets swept the season series with the Kings last season.
Vs. LA Clippers (Jan. 1, 3:30 AM)
Acquiring Paul George in a trade and signing Kawhi Leonard as a free agent has made the LA Clippers a popular choice for the 2020 NBA title.
The Kings will tip-off their season series against the Clippers when they host them at the Golden 1 Center on New Year's Day.
The Los Angeles franchise has swept the season series against the Kings in the last two seasons. Can the Sacramento franchise pull one back in the 2019-20 season?
Vs. Milwaukee Bucks (Jan. 11, 8:30 AM)
The Kings play seven of their first eight games in 2020 at home. One game in this homestand will see them host the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
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In the two games last season, the Kings lost by 35 points in one and in the other, they lost by one point in overtime.
The Kings have lost three straight season series (six straight games) against the Bucks. Can they snap that streak in their 2019-20 campaign?
Vs. Toronto Raptors (Mar. 9, 6:30 AM)
The Raptors might have lost Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to free agency but in Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol, they still have a very competitive roster to boast off about.
Irrespective, they would still be the reigning champions till a new one is crowned in June 2020. The Kings will host the Raptors to tip-off a four-game homestand in early March.
The franchise from Canada has swept the previous two season series (four straight games) with the Kings.
Vs. New Orleans Pelicans (Mar. 12th, 7:30 AM)
After hosting the Raptors, a big night follows for the Kings.
In a couple of days, they host the 2019 No. 1 pick Zion Williamson and the deep New Orleans Pelicans squad.
Their dynamic point guard De'Aaron Fox could also renew his rivalry with Pelicans' point guard Lonzo Ball, one he has shared with since their college days at the University of Kentucky and UCLA respectively.
This March 12th clash is the first and only nationally televised game in the United States that the Kings have on their schedule.
Vs. Golden State Warriors (Apr. 15th, 7:30 AM)
Golden 1 Center will play host to the Kings' final game of the 2019-20 season, one against the reigning Western Conference Champions - the Golden State Warriors.
Given the general rehab time required to return from an ACL injury, this could probably be the only one of four contests in 2019-20, where the Warriors could field Klay Thompson against their divisional rivals.
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