NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 43 27 26 31 127
Sacramento 29 40 34 20 123
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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CTNaN:� , January 5, 2019
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California  Attendance: 17,583

Warriors-Kings Preview

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Golden State Warriors at Sacramento Kings

  1. The Warriors have won both matchups between these teams this season, outscoring the Kings by an average score of 123.5-120.5. Dating back to the 2013-14 season, Golden State has won 10 of 11 road games played in Sacramento.
  2. Golden State lost last night in overtime, 135-134, against the Rockets, to move to 0-4 this season in overtime games. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each scored at least 25 points in the loss, marking only the second time since Durant joined the team that Golden State lost when all three players score at least 25 points (also October 29, 2017 vs. Pistons).
  3. The Kings have lost three games in a row, losing the rebounding battle in all three games. Sacramento is 10-2 (.833) when outrebounding its opponent this season, and 8-17 (.320) when being outrebounded.
  4. Entering games on Friday, the Kings (22.3) and the Warriors (17.8) rank first and fourth, respectively, in fast break points per game. The last team to average more fast break points than this season's Kings team was the 2016-17 Warriors, which averaged 22.6.
  5. Entering games on Friday, Stephen Curry has made 2267 three-pointers in his career, good for fifth most all-time. Among active players, Curry ranks second in made three-pointers, just four behind Kyle Korver (2271). Curry is also only 15 three-pointers away from Jason Terry (2282), who currently sits in third place with 2282 made three-pointers.
  6. Buddy Hield has made five three-pointers in each of his last two games. Hield has 11 games overall this season with at least five three-pointers made -- only Stephen Curry (18) and James Harden (16) have more such games.

The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, two teams coming off tight losses at home Thursday, meet Saturday night in the California capital in a series that has been quite competitive the past two seasons.

After the Warriors won 15 of 16 meetings dating back to the start of the 2014 season, the Northern California rivals split their four-game season series last year, with each winning twice on the opponent's home floor.

The Warriors narrowly escaped with a 117-116 home victory this November, before running their winning streak in Sacramento to three with a 130-125 triumph in December.

Golden State (25-14) enters the contest having won three in a row on the road, but coming off a 135-134 overtime loss at home to Houston on Thursday night, a game in which the Warriors blew a 20-point lead.

Stephen Curry, while expressing disappointment in the loss, told the national television audience on TNT after the game that losing now will help produce more winning down the line.

"We're challenged, and that's great. I love it," he insisted. "I love the vibe in terms of nothing's easy. We are having to fight, to create momentum and to put a string of good games together, and we haven't done it yet. So it's giving us something to really lock in and focus on as we get 2019 started."

The Warriors surely have been challenged by an unlikely source -- the Kings -- in their last six meetings.In fact, Sacramento (19-19) has challenged just about everyone of late, with none of their last seven games having been decided by more than nine points.

That includes three straight losses by seven, five (in overtime) and four points, the latter being Thursday's 117-113 home setback at the hands of the team with the top record in the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets.

The Kings led the Los Angeles Lakers entering the fourth period on Sunday, were up nine with three minutes left against Portland in the overtime loss on Tuesday and had a 13-point halftime advantage over Denver on Thursday.

In the end, they had nothing but three losses to show for it, dropping them back to .500 for the first time since they were 11-11 on Dec. 1.

"We've got to finish games, man. Just lock in and finish games," Kings star Buddy Hield observed to reporters after the Denver game. "It's not the 'young' excuse. We're right there. So we've just got to finish games and protect the lead and find a way. Every team in the league, they find a way how to win. We have to find a way to win."

On Saturday, that almost surely once again will have to be without standout rookie Marvin Bagley III, who has missed the Kings' last 10 games with a bruised left knee. He hopes to be back next week.

Bagley had arguably his best game of the season in the Kings' 117-116 loss at Golden State in November, going for a season-high-tying 20 points and a season-high 17 rebounds.

Updated January 4, 2019

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