• The Kings tip-off their 2017-18 campaign against a new look Rockets squad at Golden 1 Center.

    Sacramento comes into the season with nine players who are either in their first or second year in the NBA, a feat unmatched by other teams in the league.

    The Kings went 1-5 during the preseason, losing five straight after winning the preseason opener. It’s certainly an underwhelming record for Sacramento, but with the amount of youth on the roster it’s a record that was somewhat expected.

    Offseason additions George Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter can only do so much to right the ship; it’s going to be a lengthy process before winning becomes a common trend in Sacramento.

    The Rockets brought in nine-time All-Star Chris Paul during the offseason to add to their already talented roster. The pairing of Harden and Paul could potentially be problematic, but it could also be a rousing success, and the Kings will get the witness that experiment first hand to begin the season.

    Over the past three seasons, the Kings are just 1-10 against the Rockets. They’ve never matched up well against the free-flowing offense of Houston and it’s not going to get better anytime soon, unfortunately.

    PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

    PG – George Hill

    SG – Buddy Hield

    SF – Justin Jackson

    PF – Skal Labissiere

    C – Willie Cauley-Stein

    INJURY REPORT

    Zach Randolph (oral surgery) – OUT
    Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) – OUT
    Harry Giles (knee) – OUT

    NOTES

    WHEN: 7:00PM (PST)

    WHERE: NBCSCA

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