Bold Predictions For The Sacramento Kings’ Season
The Sacramento Kings schedule was released earlier this week.
Since it’s been a couple of days, we’ve had time to take a holistic look at the season. Where is the expected pain point? What stretch of games looks the most favorable? Who will stand out?
Here are bold predictions from the Sactown Sports team for the Sacramento Kings this upcoming season:
The Kings start 4-11, and it absolutely doesn’t matter because the schedule eventually evens out. Half of those 4 wins will be upsets.
My bold prediction for the 2022-23 Sacramento Kings is that this team will finish with a .500 record or better at Golden 1 Center.
During the 2018-19 season in which the Kings boasted an impressive 24-17 record on their home floor, it seemed as if the tides had finally turned. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case as Sacramento hasn’t posted a winning record at Golden 1 Center over the past three seasons.
My prediction for this year’s team at home? 22-19. Book it.
My BOLD prediction for the 2022-23 Sacramento Kings season is that Harrison Barnes will average 20 PPG on 50% FG & 40% 3PT leading into the All-Star Break. Contract years are a thing, and with HB just entering his 30s and on an expiring contract this season he will surely be looking to get PAID for one final time next offseason. It is also in the Kings and his own best interest to have the best season of his career, and I foresee him doing just that. I’m not BOLD enough to say he will do it for the entire season as we have seen in the past that Harrison tends to dip off toward the end of the schedule. Still, I feel comfortable enough projecting this happens leading into the All-Star break because even if it becomes yet another lost season, it still leaves open the possibility of him being traded at the deadline with career highs across the board.
The Kings make the play-in tournament as the tenth seed.
Equipped with the most talent since the start of the playoff drought, Sacramento will be an NBA League Pass MVP this season thanks to highlight plays, three-point shooting, and the development of fourth overall pick Keegan Murray. The Purple & Grey finish with a winning record of 43-39, good enough to squeak into the play-in tournament where they’ll lose in the qualifying rounds.
Another year without playoff basketball but a silver lining nonetheless.
The Sacramento Kings schedule has its quirks like playing the defending champion Golden State Warriors three times in the first 12 games. How about being done with the season series against the Miami Heat after the 7th game of the season? All in all, they will play 41 at home and 41 on the road for the full 82. One bold prediction that I will go with regarding the 2022-2023 Sacramento Kings is that not one team in the Western Conference will sweep the Kings this year. That may not sound like an impressive feat but consider how good the West is and that just last year Utah, Memphis, Denver, and Golden State all ended with season sweeps of the Kings.
My bold prediction? Well, the stretch from late January up until the All-Star break is one of the toughest of the season. I think the Kings will be in good enough shape by the end of January that we’ll be discussing Monte pulling the trigger on a bigger trade to push the play-in-ready Kings towards finishing the season as a top-6 seed. Bold!
The Western Conference does not look easy. Expectations need to be set right off the bat. Instead of making a bold prediction about games, I’m going to slightly pivot. Davion Mitchell will either win or be a top-three vote getter for the Sixth Man of the Year Award. Mitchell will lead a bench mob averaging 16 points, 6 assists, and 1.5 steals.