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Warriors have NBA's ninth-toughest schedule based on Vegas over/unders

Warriors have NBA's ninth-toughest schedule based on Vegas over/unders

While rosters are still a month away from being finalized for Steve Kerr and the Warriors, the Vegas oddsmakers are already working hard to project the upcoming NBA season.

Based on NBA over/under win total projections, Yaya Dubin of NBAthlete.com put together a strength of schedule ranking for each of the 30 teams.

The Warriors show up as having the ninth-toughest schedule, although the list is clearly skewed toward Western Conference teams. Just one Eastern Conference team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, are above the Dubs.

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Dubin went further and broke down the projections by month, indicating that the schedule does get easier mid-season for Golden State. 

While these numbers will undoubtedly change significantly before the NBA regular season opens up on Oct. 22, it is clear the Warriors will have major competition to make the playoffs for an eighth consecutive season.

2019 NBA preseason schedule: Kings to play two games in Mumbai, India

2019 NBA preseason schedule: Kings to play two games in Mumbai, India

The Kings ended the 2018-19 season nearly four months ago. It doesn't feel that long ago, but a lot has changed in the NBA since then. 

August just started, but a new season basketball is on the horizon, as the Kings released their 2019-20 preseason schedule Thursday.

The team will open up with a pair of games in Mumbai, India, squaring off with the Indiana Pacers at the NCSI Dome. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was born in Mumbai, and has worked hard to build up the game of basketball in his home country.

Ranadive and the Kings announced the games back in December, as he hopes to make basketball a sport of importance in a country with over a billion inhabitants.

The two-game series will mark the first time a major North American sports franchise has hosted a game in India.

The Kings will host Melbourne United of Australia's National Basketball League on Oct. 16. in Sacramento's last tune-up before the regular season. 

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Here's the Kings' full preseason schedule:

Friday, Oct. 4: at Indiana Pacers, NCSI Dome (Mumbai, India), 6:30 a.m. PT
Saturday, Oct. 5: vs. Indiana Pacers, NCSI Dome (Mumbai, India), 6:30 a.m. PT
Thursday, Oct. 10: vs. Phoenix Suns, Golden 1 Center, 7:00 p.m. PT
Monday, Oct. 14: at Utah Jazz, Vivint Smart Home Arena (Salt Lake City, UT), 6:00 p.m. PT
Tuesday, Oct. 16: vs. Melbourne United, Golden 1 Center, 7:00 p.m. PT

The Kings will rack up a lot of airline miles, but fans will get a first glimpse this fall at what could be a potential playoff team in a wide-open Western Conference. Sacramento hasn't been to the postseason since 2006.

Klay Thompson says people calling Warriors' dynasty over are 'ignorant'

Klay Thompson says people calling Warriors' dynasty over are 'ignorant'

After Kevin Durant left the Warriors for Brooklyn and the news that Klay Thompson will miss a significant portion of the 2019-20 season, the NBA universe all but counted out the Warriors as contenders. Many pundits deemed this the end of the greatest NBA dynasty of the 21st century.

Thompson has been quiet since the season ended, outside of being spotted in some rehab photos with his trusty sidekick Rocco by his side. However, he finally got his voice on record during an interview with ESPN's Cari Champion.

Thompson cautioned fans to not write off the Warriors' dynastic run just yet, as the team still features a two-time MVP, a former NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and added an All-Star guard who averaged over 21 points per game last season in D'Angelo Russell.

"Adding D'Angelo Russell was an incredible get for us, I mean the kid is gonna possibly be a superstar in this league," Thompson said about his new teammate.

"I think that's a little premature, to say there's no more dynasty," Thompson added while down at the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Reveal in Los Angeles. Thompson has been noted as a video game enthusiast in the past.

Despite all of the turnover this offseason, Klay has some strong words for the doubters as he works his way back from injury.

"To say the dynasty is over is a little ignorant, because I think I'm gonna come back 110 percent, I think I'm gonna come back even better and more athletic. And it would not be smart to count the 'Dubs out."

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We've seen "China Klay", "Rehab Klay", and "Vacation Klay" in the past, but the rest of the NBA may not be ready for the return of "Healthy Klay".