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Kings look for third win against Warriors this season

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Kings look for third win against Warriors this season

SACRAMENTO -- In what should be a festive evening at Golden 1 Center, the Sacramento Kings host the Golden State Warriors on Bollywood night. 

The Kings are coming off a loss to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday evening, but they brought effort and energy and made it a competitive game down the stretch. They are looking to become the first Western Conference opponent to defeat the Warriors three times in the regular season since the 2014-15 campaign.

Golden State has struggled with injuries for much of the season, but it appears they are getting at least one of their star players back on Saturday. Klay Thompson is probable after missing the previous eight games with a broken thumb. Steph Curry remains out with a knee issue, but the Warriors are starting to get healthy as the playoffs approach.

BETTING LINE 

Warriors by 8.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

De’Aaron Fox vs. Quinn Cook -- Cook had a breakout performance against Fox the last time these two teams faced off, dropping a then career-high 25 points filling in for Curry. Including his big night against Sacramento, the Warriors' two-way player is posting 20.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.0 steals in 36.1 minutes over his last seven games. Fox is struggling down the stretch on both ends of the floor, but he showed a much better defensive effort Thursday against Indiana.

WHERE THEY STAND 

Kings: 24-52, fourth place in Pacific

Warriors: 54-21, first place in Pacific

INJURY REPORT 

Kings: SF Garrett Temple (ankle) out, SF/SG Iman Shumpert (knee rehab/plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out until January.

Warriors: SG Klay Thompson (thumb) probable, SF Omri Casspi (ankle) doubtful, SF Andre Iguodala (knee) out, PG Steph Curry (ankle) out.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Struggling Warriors -- Golden State has dropped three straight games coming into Saturday’s matchup with Sacramento. They have already solidified themselves as the two seed in the Western Conference playoff race, but they need to find a way to get healthy and find a rhythm if they hope to compete for a second straight championship.

Put up a Fight -- The Kings keep plugging away. Most nights they are competitive, but it’s been a wild week in Sacramento and this could be a letdown game. Every chance they step on the floor it’s an opportunity to get better. 

Willie Cauley-Stein Sighting -- After a string of quiet games, the Kings’ starting center showed up big time against Indy. Sacramento needs to see more 19-point, seven-rebound, five-assist nights from the third-year big, even in games that don’t matter in the standings.

SERIES HISTORY 

The Kings surprisingly lead the season series 2-1 over the Warriors after knocking the Champs by a final of 98-93 at oracle earlier this month. Golden State holds a 201-188 lead in the all-time series and a 73-67 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

Kings' 2018-19 schedule has fewer back-to-backs, but start is road heavy

Kings' 2018-19 schedule has fewer back-to-backs, but start is road heavy

Basketball season is just around the corner. Well, maybe not. We’re still nearly five weeks away from the opening of training camp for the 2018-19 season, and the regular season doesn’t begin until mid-October. 

On Friday, the NBA announced the 82 game schedule for all 30 teams, including the Sacramento Kings, who will open the season at home Oct. 17 against Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz.

Here are some of the nuts and bolts from this season’s campaign.

•    For the second season in a row, the Kings will play only one set of five-games-in-seven-nights, and that comes at the tail end of March and into early April. This is part of the NBA’s new plan of allowing players more time to rest. The league has eliminated the dreaded four-games-in-five-nights grouping from the schedule as well.

•    Sacramento will have 14 sets of back-to-backs, two shy of last season’s total of 16 sets. Of those 14 sets, one is home-and-home, seven are away-and-away, two are away-and-home and four are home-and-away.

•    After a balanced November and December schedule, the Kings will hit the road for their longest trip away from home in mid-January, stopping in Charlotte, Detroit, Brooklyn, Toronto, Memphis and Los Angeles (Clippers) from Jan. 17 to Jan. 27. 

•    The Kings’ longest homestand will be six games and come on the heels of their longest road trip. From Jan. 30 through Feb. 10, Sacramento will host the Hawks, 76ers, Spurs, Rockets, Heat and Suns at Golden 1 Center. 

•    Sacramento will play seven of its first 10 games away from Golden 1 Center. With plenty of new faces expected to see time in the rotation, the young Kings will have to learn on the fly while traveling around the NBA landscape.   

[RELATED: Five most intriguing games on Kings' 2018-19 schedule]

There are plenty of games to look forward to as well, beginning with opening night. There are old faces in new places and plenty of intrigue.

•    Sacramento will match up with the two-time reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors four times this season. The initial battle is set for Nov. 24 at Oracle, with a follow-up three weeks on Dec. 14 at Golden 1 Center. The teams will meet again Jan. 5 at Golden 1 and then finish the series in the first game coming out of the All-Star break on Feb. 21. It likely won’t happen early in the season, but at some point, former Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins will make his debut as a member of the Warriors, which should be fun to watch.

•    The Kings will face off with the new-look Los Angeles Lakers four times as well, beginning on Nov. 11 at home. The Lakers have made substantial changes to their roster, including the addition of LeBron James. These teams will play each other again twice in late December before completing the series March 24 in L.A. 

•    Isaiah Thomas joined forces during the offseason with former Kings coach Michael Malone in Denver. Sacramento will play the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Oct. 23 and then again on Jan. 3 at Golden 1 Center and Feb. 13 back in Denver.

•    The Kings will have to wait until Dec. 4 to get their first look at No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton when they travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena to face the Suns. They’ll see No. 3 overall selection Luka Doncic on Dec. 16 when they stop over in Dallas for a game against the Mavs.

Below is the complete Kings 2018-19 schedule, with all times local to where the game is played:

Report: Lil Wayne is suing Kings guard Frank Mason III

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Report: Lil Wayne is suing Kings guard Frank Mason III

Second-year Sacramento Kings pro Frank Mason III is being sued by rap star Lil Wayne. Seriously. 

The 24-year-old guard is being sued for $92,000 and must give back his Young Money diamond chain, according to TMZ Sports.

Before the Kings selected Mason in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, Lil Wayne's agency, Young Money APAA Sports Group, signed the former Kansas star. The agency reportedly gave Mason $40,000 in advance, paid his pre-draft expenses which totaled $52,000 and gave him an $11,000 diamond chain. 

However, Mason's contract reportedly stated if he left the agency, Mason would have to repay the money and give back the chain. This past April, Mason left the agency. 

Mason signed a three-year, $4,181,147 contract with the Kings after the 2017 draft. He is guaranteed $2,562,627.