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An emotional season finale for Kings in Sacramento

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An emotional season finale for Kings in Sacramento

Legendary color analyst, Jerry Reynolds, will call his final game as the full-time partner next to Grant Napear. After 20-years on the job and 33 with the Kings organization, Reynolds, 74, will take a step back and work part-time on both radio and pre and post game shows moving forward. Former Kings shooting guard Doug Christie will step into Reynolds' role next season alongside Napear. 

Houston will open the playoffs as the top seed in the Western Conference. They’ve had an incredible regular season that includes win streaks of 17, 14 and 11 games. They are a juggernaut, but the true measure of their success will be judged in the NBA’s second season beginning later this week. 

BETTING LINE 

Rockets by 3.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Bogdan Bogdanovic vs. James Harden -- Bogdanovic continues to develop as his rookie season comes to a close. He’s a crafty guard with a penchant for hitting the big shot. He’ll face the likely league MVP in Harden, who has put together an incredible season. Bogdanovic will have his hands full on the defensive end, but he need make Harden guard him on the other side of the court. 

WHERE THEY STAND 

Kings: 26-55, fourth in the Pacific

Rockets: 65-16 first in the Southwest

INJURY REPORT 

Kings: SG/SF Iman Shumpert (plantar fasciitis) out, SF Garrett Temple (left ankle) out, PF Skal Labissiere (left ankle) out, PG Frank Mason (plantar fascia tear left heel) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season.

Rockets: PF Ryan Anderson (ankle) doubtful, SF Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) out.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Show Growth -- In an oddity to the NBA schedule, the Kings started the 2017-18 campaign against the Rockets, played them for a second time the game before the All-Star break and now finish the season against them. Houston is a tough measuring stick, but the Kings need to come out and show the Rockets they’ve improved over the 82 game schedule.

Fight for Your NBA Life -- Jack Cooley and JaKarr Sampson are playing on two-way contracts. Nigel Hayes and Bruno Caboclo are trying to hold onto their place in the league. The quartet will get a chance to show all 30 teams what they bring to the table. 

Take a Break Tomorrow -- The young Kings have given teams fits down the stretch. They play hard and they’ve come up clutch in crunch time. Sacramento needs to leave it all on the court and head into the summer the right way.

SERIES HISTORY 

The Rockets hold a 2-0 advantage in the season series and have won seven straight over the Kings. Houston hold a 125-88 advantage over the Kings all-time, and a 84-42 lead during the Sacramento-era.

Kings lose coin flip to Bulls, hold No. 7 overall pick heading into NBA Draft Lottery

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Kings lose coin flip to Bulls, hold No. 7 overall pick heading into NBA Draft Lottery

The Sacramento Kings’ win over the Houston Rockets in the season finale has officially cost the team a spot in the NBA’s Draft Lottery. After posting identical 27-55 records, Sacramento and the Chicago Bulls were part of the NBA’s coin flip rule Friday afternoon at the Board of Governors meetings. 

Unfortunately for the Kings, the Bulls picked up a victory in the game of chance and now sit in the sixth spot in the pre-lottery standings. Sacramento holds the seventh position, but both teams have an equal opportunity to move up into the top three positions when the lottery is officially held on May 15. 

Once the top three selections are drawn, the draft goes in order of worst remaining record, taking coin flip results into consideration. If the Kings do not move into the top three and no one slated behind them in the draft move up, they will draft No. 7 overall. 

There is also a small chance that Sacramento doesn’t move up and one or more lottery teams behind them in the standings jump up. In this scenario, the Kings could draft as low as 10, but the statistical probability of them falling that far is astronomical. 

Here are the odds for the potential draft positions for the Kings this season. Both the Kings and Bulls have an 18.3% chance of moving into the top three picks.

No. 1 overall selection: 5.3%
No. 2 overall selection: 6.0%
No. 3 overall selection: 7.0%
No. 7 overall selection: 57.3%
No. 8 overall selection: 22.6%
No. 9 overall selection: 1.8%
No. 10 overall selection: less than 0.0%

Kings finish tied for sixth worst record, coin flip could decide their NBA Draft fate

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Kings finish tied for sixth worst record, coin flip could decide their NBA Draft fate

SACRAMENTO -- Wins matter. With the Sacramento Kings’ victory over the Houston Rockets in the season finale Wednesday evening at Golden 1 Center, the team finished the campaign at 27-55. Clearly that’s not good enough to move onto the playoff portion of the NBA season, but it places the Kings in a tie with the Chicago Bulls for the sixth worst record in the NBA.
 
It’s a slightly complicated procedure for deciding how many ping pong balls the Kings will have in the draft lottery. Both Chicago and Sacramento will have equal odds of moving into the top three of the draft. The two teams have a 5.3 percent chance of landing the top spot, a six percent chance of choosing at No. 2 overall and a seven percent chance of selecting third. 
 
Per NBA rules, a coin flip will determine which team falls in the sixth position and which will select seven if they don’t move up into the top three. The coin flip is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 13. 
 
The Kings and Bulls aren’t the only teams placing their fate in the hands of a shiny piece of metal. Dallas and Atlanta finished the season tied for the third and fourth worst records. The Bucks and Heat are tied for the 16th and 17th spot in the draft. San Antonio and Minnesota will flip for picks 18 and 19 and there is a complicated formula between the Pacers, Pelicans, Thunder and Jazz for picks 20-23, since all four teams finished the regular season with a 48-34 record.