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Kings vs. Raptors live stream: Watch NBA game online on MyTeams

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Kings vs. Raptors live stream: Watch NBA game online on MyTeams

After winning five games in a row, the Kings (6-4) lost their last game in Milwaukee. On Wednesday night, they return home looking to get back in the win column.

But it will be a tough task as they host the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors (10-1).

The Kings will get a big boost, though, as guard Bogdan Bogdanovic is set to make his season debut following an offseason procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Here's how you can watch Kings-Raptors, as well as Pregame Live and Postgame Live, live online in the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app. 

When: 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Nov. 7 (pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game by clicking this link.

Kings vs. Warriors watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Kings vs. Warriors watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

OAKLAND -- Welcome to the stretch run. For the Golden State Warriors, this is nothing new. But for the Sacramento Kings, this is the first time in more than a decade that they walk into the post All-Star break schedule over the .500 mark and with a fighting chance at the postseason.

Sacramento has a daunting schedule ahead of them. Including their loss to the Denver Nuggets last week, they'll play the top three teams in the Western Conference and the best the East has to offer over a five game stretch. They've had a day or two of practice coming out of the break, but they are still working to integrate three new faces into their system after a flurry of moves at the deadline.

The Warriors are coming off a loss against Portland, but they are 16-2 over their last 18 games and look primed for another deep playoff run. Three of their five starters played in the All-Star game over the weekend, but they should be well rested heading into the final 25 games.

Golden State is a heavy favorite coming into the game and own a 3-0 record against the Kings this season. All three games have been highly competitive with the Warriors winning by a combined 10 points.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 7:00 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Warriors coverage begins at 6:30 on NBC Sports Bay Area. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

Following the game, the Kings head to Oklahoma City where they'll continue their road trip against the Thunder. They'll make a stop in Minnesota to face the Timberwolves before returning home to host the Milwaukee Bucks next Wednesday.

The Warriors get a visit from the Houston Rockets on Saturday before hitting the road for a four-game trip beginning Monday in Charlotte.

Line

Warriors by 12.5

Projected Lineups

Kings
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Harrison Barnes
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Warriors
PG Stephen Curry
SG Klay Thompson
SF Kevin Durant
PF Draymond Green
C DeMarcus Cousins

Injury Report

Kings 
No injuries to report.

Warriors
C Damian Jones (pectoral) out, SF Jacob Evans (pelvis) out.

Rotation Outlook

Kings

Coach Dave Joerger has his work cut out for him. He'll run his young team up against a squad of All-Stars, including former Kings big man, DeMarcus Cousins, which Sacramento has yet to see this season.

With their added depth at the deadline, the Kings are better suited to face off with Golden State. Barnes is a better matchup against Durant and Alec Burks gives Sacramento a new wrinkle in the backcourt.

The Kings inked veteran Corey Brewer to a second 10-day contract earlier in the week. He's another long, athletic defender for Joerger to throw at the likes of Thompson, Durant and Andre Iguodala.

Rookie Marvin Bagley played extremely well in his first game against the Warriors, finishing the evening with 20 points and 17 rebounds. He barely missed a tip-in in the final seconds that would have given the Kings a late lead and a possible victory. Bagley injured his left knee early in the next matchup with Golden State and missed the third game entirely due to the same injury. He's healthy and ready to compete Thursday evening at Oracle.

Warriors

Steve Kerr has successfully integrated a fifth All-Star level player into his rotation with the addition of Cousins. The Warriors are 10-1 since the 6-foot-11 center returned to action from an Achilles tendon injury.

Golden State is a scoring juggernaut. They lead the league in points per game and they play at the NBA's tenth fastest pace. The Warriors rank third in 3-point percentage and first in both blocks and assists.

The last time these two teams faced off, they combined to hit a then NBA record 41 3-pointers in the game.

Sacramento will look to push the tempo and beat the Warriors in transition. Golden State will respond by hurling 3-pointers from all over the court.

How Vlade Divac has Kings thriving two years after DeMarcus Cousins trade

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How Vlade Divac has Kings thriving two years after DeMarcus Cousins trade

Feb. 20, 2017, marked the end of the DeMarcus Cousins era in Sacramento. A larger-than-life personality, the 6-foot-11 center spent six and a half seasons showing flashes of brilliance mixed with bouts of petulance for the Kings.

And then he was gone.

On the verge of signing the star center to a massive $221 million contract extension, Kings general manager Vlade Divac changed course and jettisoned Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. The scene of Cousins learning his fate played out in real time as cameras surrounded him for postgame comments.

It was a jarring move that no one saw coming. It was a jarring move that everyone saw coming.

A few days later, Divac gave the quote of the decade, telling The Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin: “I believe we are going to be in a better position in two years. I want to hear again from these same people in two years. If I’m right, great. If I’m wrong, I’ll step down. But if I go down, I’m going down my way.”

The two years are up, and if you were a doubter, you probably owe Divac an apology.

As the Kings prepare to face Cousins and his vaunted Warriors on Thursday night, they are in the hunt for a playoff spot as one of the best stories in the NBA.

“Clearly, I had a lot of confidence in what I was doing and I expected us to be better in two years,” Divac told NBC Sports California in an exclusive conversation Wednesday. “I’m happy that we are in this situation. There’s still a lot of work ahead of us, but we’re happy with our team and where we’re at right now.”

Moving away from Cousins was a difficult call. So difficult that neither Geoff Petrie nor Pete D’Alessandro -- Divac’s two predecessors -- were willing to do it.

“Personally, it was very difficult knowing DeMarcus’ talent and everything, but working a year and a half before that, I had a clear feeling that it was a good time for all of us,” Divac said. “For our organization, for me, for him, to do such a thing.”

Cousins’ ability is undeniable. Even coming off Achilles tendon surgery, he is making a tremendous impact on a Warriors team that has won three of the last four NBA championships.

But sometimes talent isn’t enough. The technical fouls, run-ins with the media and distractions behind the scenes eventually were too much for the Kings to overlook.

During his time in Sacramento, Cousins was incredibly generous in the community and beloved by many fans. He put up tremendous numbers, but those rarely translated to victories on the court. The Kings crested the 30-win plateau only once with Cousins in uniform, going 33-49 during the 2015-16 season under George Karl.

From Divac's perspective, there are no hard feelings. It was a business decision he felt he had to make. As he sees it, the trade worked out for both sides, and he wasn't looking to rehash the past.

“For me, personally, it’s old news. We’ve moved on from that,” Divac added. “DeMarcus, I think, is in a better place. He’s playing for a great team. I wish him all the best, but we are focused on what we’re trying to do.”

What the Kings are trying to accomplish hasn’t been done in over a decade. With 25 games remaining, they are only one game out of the playoff picture. They're young and they run, and it’s an exciting brand of basketball.

Divac rebuilt the team on the fly, in a large part because of the Cousins trade. He used the transaction to jump-start his overhaul of the roster, turning Cousins into Buddy Hield and the draft picks that became Justin Jackson, Harry Giles and Frank Mason.

In addition, the Cousins trade had the expected result of dropping the Kings out of playoff contention during the 2016-17 season. The team owed its first-round pick to the Chicago Bulls, but it was top-10 protected. By dropping to the eighth spot in the draft lottery following the trade, Sacramento retained its 2017 first-round pick, which they used to take De’Aaron Fox.

If they hadn't moved Cousins, the Kings wouldn’t have the young core they've built over the last two years. Despite their youth and lack of experience, the only one not shocked by the Kings' leap forward is the man who put the squad together.

“I believe in my team, I believe in those kids, so I personally am not surprised at all,” Divac said. “Is it faster than I thought? Yeah, but I’m not surprised at all where they are now.”

Divac returned to Sacramento with the goal of fixing the franchise he led as a player. He made moves again this season at the trade deadline with the hopes of putting his team over the top. He was able to improve the roster without damaging his young core, and he's built a solid foundation while keeping the Kings in a great financial position.

“Our goal is to make the playoffs and make this city proud of our young team,” Divac said. “That’s a big step, and I know they are going to grow in this process. That’s our plan.”

Divac isn’t taking a victory lap, but he loves where his team is at. Most people around the NBA also love the direction the Kings are heading.

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Sacramento is a year or two ahead of schedule, and it isn’t done yet. With a strong finish, the Kings have a shot to snap the franchise’s 12-season playoff drought.

It all started with a transformative trade. Divac took a gamble on himself when he dealt Cousins. But two years after one of the most shocking transactions in Kings history, the talk of Divac stepping down is a thing of the past. In fact, there probably should be a conversation about when he will be offered an extension.