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.
February 26, 2020, 1:39 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf strain) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game.
It has not been a smooth transition for Drummond after being traded to the Cavs.
Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and Larry Nance Jr. could each receive a small bump in playing time against the Sixers. Cedi Osman will likely be relied upon more as well.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 26, 2020, 1:31 pmDraymond GreenPF, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green (right pelvic contusion) is expected to play during Thursday's game against the Lakers.
His return could mean fewer minutes for Kevon Looney and Eric Paschall. The Warriors have been very conservative with Green this season but he's worth owning for the rebounds, assists, and steals.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
February 26, 2020, 1:17 pmEdmond SumnerPG, Indiana Pacers
Edmond Sumner (sore left hip) is considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Blazers.
Sumner hasn't played since February 8. He's not worth owning in fantasy.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:08 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo (sore lower back) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game.
Oladipo hasn't played since leaving Friday's game but hopefully won't be out for much longer. He has struggled with his shot so far, but that can be expected after missing so much time. Aaron Holiday played 30 minutes on Tuesday in his absence.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 12:30 pmDe'Andre HunterSF, Atlanta Hawks
De'Andre Hunter (right ankle sprain) is not on the injury report and is expected to play during Wednesday's game.
Hunter had previously been listed as probable. He has averaged 13.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in his last ten contests.
Source: Atlanta Hawks on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 12:19 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young (illness) is considered questionable for Wednesday's game.
Young has been experiencing flu-like symptoms. While nobody on the roster can adequately fill his shoes, Jeff Teague is likely to fill in if Young takes the night off.
Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 11:52 amCoby WhitePG, Chicago Bulls
Coby White has been stellar in his last three games, but Jim Boylen wants him focusing on defense, as well as to what he’s been doing on the offensive end, and that’s why starting is not an option right now.
White has been on fire of late, averaging 33.7 points (on 57.4 percent shooting), 5.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while also knocking down 6.0 3-pointers per game on 58.1 percent. This kind of production is defining not sustainable while Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter Jr. are expected back soon but you should enjoy the current hot streak.
February 26, 2020, 11:44 amWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. (ankle) and Denzel Valentine (hamstring) have been assigned to the Windy City Bulls in order to participate in Wednesday’s scrimmage.
Both guys seem to nearing a return and this is another step towards this direction. The Bulls don’t play again until Saturday but you should be looking to add WCS if he’s available in the waiver wire.
Source: Bulls PR on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 11:38 amDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard (right groin strain) will be with the Blazers on their upcoming 3-game trip, but he is expected to miss "a couple more games", according to Jason Quick of the Athletic.
Lillard was expected to miss at least 3-4 games so there is a chance he returns at some point during the current trip. C.J. McCollum has been the biggest beneficiary in his absence with Gary Trent Jr. and Anfernee Simons also getting an extended run.
Source: Jason Quick on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 11:31 amFrank NtilikinaPG, New York Knicks
Frank Ntilikina will miss Wednesday's game against the Hornets due to a sore groin.
This will be the second consecutive game where Ntilikina won’t be able to play. Elfrid Payton is expected to be back though while Dennis Smith Jr. is getting the backup minutes for now.
Source: Knicks PR on Twitter