The Sacramento Kings were cursed for many a season in recent memory to start a year on the road (this isn’t just sour grapes, mind you. The Kings started with road contests in seven of the last eight years) – yet the Kings first season with their new ownership group will debut at home and features the Kings in Sacramento for eight of their first 10 contests.
The Denver Nuggets will travel to Sacramento to face the Kings in the season opener on October 30th, and the Kings will then face the Los Angeles Clippers on November 1st before heading to Oakland for a November 2nd showdown with the Golden State Warriors.
The flurry of early home games includes a five game home-stand, tied for longest for the season. Even better, Sacramento will not have to leave the west coast until December – of their October/November contests, the furthest they travel is to Phoenix. Their first road contest against an Eastern Conference team is on December 17th in Charlotte.
While the Kings will likely be cursing their early home contests later in the season (particularly in March, when the team has a seven game roadtrip on the East Coast), having a home-dominant schedule to start is in Coach Mike Malone’s favor. For a new coach trying to instill a new collective attitude for a young, inexperienced squad, starting off against tough squads in your own building is likely a win-win.
The national TV audience can see the Kings six times this season, including a November 15th contest against Detroit on ESPN. The Kings other five nationally televised games will be on NBA TV.
You can check the full Kings schedule here.