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Kings vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Kings vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Fourth time's the charm?

No, that's not the saying, but the Kings hope it works for them Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans. 

The Kings badly need a win over one of the most exciting teams in the NBA. Sacramento has dropped its first three games of the restarted season and now will take on Zion Williamson and the Pelicans.

Williamson, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, has been on a minutes restriction thus far in Orlando and has averaged 14.3 points over 18.2 minutes per game. Still, he can score in bunches. 

Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox has been great through three games. He has averaged 26.7 points and 6.0 assists per game so far. If the Kings want any chance of snapping their 13-year playoff drought, though, they will need others to step up.

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Here's how you can watch Kings vs. Pelicans online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

When: Thursday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. PT (Kings Pregame Live starts at 10:00 a.m PT)
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

Kings' Luke Walton expresses concern for Zion Williamson, hopes he's OK

Kings' Luke Walton expresses concern for Zion Williamson, hopes he's OK

The Sacramento Kings are living a bit of a nightmare in the Orlando bubble. Four positive coronavirus tests put them behind early. Losing Richaun Holmes for 10 days didn't help and now De'Aaron Fox is down with an ankle injury. 

Welcome to the NBA restart.

Sacramento isn't the only team struggling to piece together a rotation. The Kings came out of practice Thursday morning to the news that New Orleans Pelicans big man Zion Williamson departed the bubble to tend to a family emergency. 

“First, I just hope that everything is okay with whatever family stuff he has going on, obviously that’s more important than basketball,” coach Luke Walton said when asked about Williamson's sudden departure.

This is the new normal, unfortunately. The bubble is in place to keep the players safe from the coronavirus pandemic that is consuming the world, but that means their loved ones are on the outside in a very unsettling time.

We are still in the first week or two of this experiment. It is only going to get more difficult as injuries pile up and the players move past the newness of the bubble concept and begin to get homesick and stir crazy.

“For us, the message has been the same,” Walton said. “Every team is going to have to deal with a lot of chaos. The NBA has done an amazing job of putting this thing together, but just with what’s going on with the world we’re living in now and with the spread of the corona being everywhere and with players coming back, like what we’ve experienced certain guys getting hurt, people having to leave for whatever reason ... ”

“It’s going to be a huge factor,” Walton added. “What team that can kind of accept the chaos and have guys ready to step up and make plays.”

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How the players deal with the uncertainty of everything around them is now part of the factors that go into determining who will advance. None of this should be normalized, but it is the reality of the world we now live in. 

The Kings are in a chase with Williamson and the Pelicans for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs. While they are dealing with their own issues, there is no doubt that they have Williamson and his family in their thoughts and prayers. Life is much bigger than basketball.

How Zion Williamson stepping away from NBA restart could impact Kings

How Zion Williamson stepping away from NBA restart could impact Kings

The Kings aren’t the only team dealing with the complexities of the NBA’s Orlando Bubble. On Thursday morning, the New Orleans Pelicans announced that star rookie Zion Williamson has stepped away from the league’s campus on the Disney World property to attend an urgent family medical matter.

Williamson intends to return at some point, but his absence, much like De’Aaron Fox’s with the Kings, could tilt the balance in the chase for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

At just 20-years-old, Williamson is a force to be reckoned with. He missed major time early in the season with a knee injury, but since returning, he’s averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in 29.7 minutes per game for New Orleans.

Listed at 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, Williamson is a matchup nightmare. The Kings have yet to face the top overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, but his talent is undeniable.

Under normal circumstances, Sacramento has plenty of options to throw at Williamson, but these are anything but normal circumstances. Center Alex Len has yet to join the team in Orlando due to a positive coronavirus test in June. Harrison Barnes is also out of action with a positive test.

The Kings also have the issue that Richaun Holmes is quarantined to his room until July 22 due to a rules violation in the bubble.

Sacramento could have all of these players back in action by the time the season tips off, but there are no promises. 

Williamson draws a ton of attention when he’s on the court, which opens the floor for Brandon Ingram and Jrue Holiday to do damage. He also collapses the defense which often leads to a wide open J.J. Redick on the perimeter.

New Orleans is 10-9 with Williamson in the lineup and 18-27 with him out. They have talent, but he adds a completely different dynamic to the team.

According to the team’s release, Williamson intends to return to the campus, but it’s a complicated situation. If he is allowed to take a coronavirus test every day he is away, he will face a quarantine of a minimum of two days upon his return. If he isn’t allowed to test daily, that minimum becomes four days.

The restart is still 14 days away, but Williamson is a young player that needs every day of practice possible. In addition, the Pelicans open their schedule against the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers, their two toughest remaining opponents.

New Orleans plays the weakest schedule out of all the teams vying for a playoff spot. Las Vegas has them as a +300 to represent the Western Conference as the eighth seed, with Sacramento coming in as a +1100.

At the time of the shutdown on March 11, the Kings and Pelicans were already in Golden 1 Center ready to do battle. The two teams were locked in a tie in the standings at 28-36, both three and a half games behind the Memphis Grizzlies with 18 games remaining.

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The league will pick back up with those same records, but they’ve condensed the schedule down to just eight games and it’s a sprint to the finish line. Both teams will also have to contend with the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs. 

Portland is in a virtual tie with the Kings and Pelicans in the standings, but they have a slight advantage in win percentage. San Antonio is a half-game back. 

All four teams will have the eight games to compete for ninth place. If the ninth-place team finishes within three and a half games of the Grizzlies, there will be a play-in scenario with the eighth seed having a double elimination and the ninth-place team a single game elimination.

If Williamson misses substantial time, it should impact the Pelicans' ability to win. They have a soft schedule in the restart, but any time lost is bad news. If anything, a prolonged absence by Williamson would even the playing field slightly.