August 14, 2017, 3:48 pm
The league released the full schedule for the 2017-18 season on Monday and here’s a look at some of the key games for the Kings that will be worth marking down on your calendars:
- Oct. 18 – vs. Rockets
- Oct. 26 – vs. Pelicans (TNT)
- Nov. 7 – vs. Thunder (NBA TV)
- Nov. 22 – vs. Lakers (ESPN)
- Nov. 27 – @ Warriors
- Dec. 12 – vs. Suns
- Dec. 27 – vs. Cavaliers
- Feb. 2 – vs. Warriors (ESPN)
- Feb. 24 – vs. Lakers
- Mar. 31 – vs. Warriors
- April 11 – vs. Rockets
The Kings will bookend their season with the Rockets, both being home games so fans will be able to get an up-close look at both James Harden and Chris Paul for the first and last games of the season.
The second big game Sacramento will host will come after a three-game road trip as the Pelicans visit the Kings. It will be the first time three-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins returns to the Golden 1 Center as a member of the Pelicans.
A little over a week later, Sacramento will play host to the 2016-17 MVP Russell Westbrook and his new teammate, Paul George, when the Thunder come to town.
Nov. 22 will be the first time the Kings see the Lakers in the regular season, and as of now Lonzo Ball will be available for Los Angeles. So it will be De’Aaron Fox going head-to-head with Ball as one of the most notable rivalries in college basketball last season is renewed in the pros. The Kings will also play host to the Lakers on Feb. 24.
Dec. 12 will be the first time the Kings play the Suns. Phoenix was reportedly interested in taking Fox in the 2017 NBA Draft before choosing Josh Jackson with the fourth pick. This opened up the door for the Kings to take Fox one pick later.
The Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers will visit Sacramento on Dec. 27. It will be the only chance for fans to see LeBron James and possibly Kyrie Irving if he still resides in Cleveland.
The Kings will also host the Warriors for the first time on Feb. 2 as Steph Curry and Kevin Durant lead the Dubs into the 916. The Warriors are heavily favored to repeat as NBA Champs this year. Golden State will also be in Sacramento on Mar. 31.
Sacramento won’t be favored in many games this season, so the schedule was always going to look tough on paper. It’s going to be a long, uphill battle. But the Kings project to be an entertaining team nonetheless.