Host Thoughts: Which non-Warriors matchup are you most excited about?

Aug 23, 2023, 9:33 AM | Updated: 10:58 am

Malik Monk #0 of the Sacramento Kings cheers on his team during the first half of Game Four of the ...

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 23: Malik Monk #0 of the Sacramento Kings cheers on his team during the first half of Game Four of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on April 23, 2023 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Last week, the Sacramento Kings released their schedule for the 2023-24 season.

After starting the year on the road in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Beam Team opens their season at home to the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Oct. 27.

That game against the Warriors is the first appearance on national TV, too. And get used to seeing the Kings and Warriors battle it out on ESPN and TNT, as the teams will play three of their four games on national TV.

So, which other 28 teams are the guys looking forward to seeing? Here’s what our hosts thought of Sunday’s game:

Carmichael Dave

For me? It’s the first one. Game 1, on the road, against Utah.

I know that’s a simple answer, but I HATE the off-season. Seriously, anyone who knows me knows I mope around like a child who lost his lunch money for weeks after the year’s final game.

It’s even worse now that they made the playoffs because there’s also the added anticipation of doing even MORE. If I was sad at the end of a season when they sucked, imagine when they’re good. GRRRR!

Bring on game one and the 81 (or 82) plus playoffs after that!

Jason Ross

The Kings games I am most looking forward to this upcoming year are the matchups with the defending champion Denver Nuggets. There are lots of teams to choose from, but I will take the true measuring stick for Sacramento. They want to win a championship and the best way to do that is to have the best record in a talented Western Conference.

Last year, Denver was the one-seed and then won it all. They should be who the Kings target and they will see how they measure up four different times.

The first matchup is early at home in December. The next three will be in February over an eight-game stretch and after the trade deadline. This will be when teams are ramping up and playing their best basketball. Looking forward to the three February Nuggets matchups on February 9th at G1C, and then two straight in Denver on February 14th and February 28th. Let’s Go!!!

Kevin “Whitey” Gleason

There is not a game on the ’23-’24 that I am not looking forward to, including the Jan. 24 match-up between the Hornets and Pistons, maybe the most dreary game of the year.

That said, the non-Dubs game on the Kings’ schedule that I’m most looking forward to is the November 10th home game against OKC. Sure, that’s the in-season tournament opener, but I don’t care so much about that. I do think however that the Kings and Thunder have a chance to be the two best teams in the West for years to come, with teams like the Warriors and Lakers beginning to fade into the twilight.

Two well-run, small-market teams dominating the league’s superior conference? Such a notion may make the league nervous, but I can’t wait.

Chris Watkins

If it can’t be any of the Warrior games, it’s the third game of the season against the Lakers on Sunday, Oct. 29. The home opener on Friday night against Golden State will start off the weekend with a therapeutic dismantling of those old men across the Bay, followed by a Sunday nightcap of the Kings facing an old foe in the “Lake Show.”

Riding off the fumes from the excitement of the 2-0 start, Golden 1 Center will be ready to explode. This is probably the only time you could all but guarantee the Lakers will be healthy and now loaded with talent after a Western Conference Finals run last season. The only thing this game is missing is that unfortunately, it will not be one of the 22 nationally televised games the Kings will have this season 🙁

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