January 18, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings dancer Megan performs during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Power Balance Pavilion. The Kings defeated the Pacers 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Schedule Makers Once Again Unkind To Sacramento Kings' 2012-13 Schedule

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Another season’s schedule released, another year where the Sacramento Kings get some pretty unfavorable situations.

For the fifth time in six seasons, the Kings will open on the road – this time in the Windy City as they’ll take on a Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls. They’ll then follow with a game in Minnesota and Indiana, those three contests also making it five out of the past six years that they’ll have started the season with at least a three game road trip.

The Kings will return home after their season opening roadie and have a great opportunity to start the year off on the right foot as they’ll play 12 of their next 15 at home, but the early favorable home schedule doesn’t come without its caveats. The Kings will then play 7 of their next 10 on the road, but that pales in comparison to the end of February/March frame of the schedule where the Kings play 13 of 16 on the road, flying across the country two times in a months span.

Ending the season, the Kings will play 5 of 8 at home in April, finishing their 82 game schedule against Chris Paul and the Clippers at the Barn.

For those without League Pass, the Kings have *zero* National television games this season and will only be featured on NBA TV four times, three of the four within a two week span at the end of November/early December.

Outside of two five game homestands (one in January and one in the seasons final month), the Kings only play more than two games at home in a single stretch once after that massive early home friendly schedule. Needless to say, if the Kings have any intentions of squeaking into the playoffs this year, they need to have an impressive first month because much of the year is full of bus rides and plane trips.

You can view the full schedule here.

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