Preview: Kings to battle Warriors in home opener at G1C

Oct 27, 2023, 9:32 AM | Updated: 9:33 am

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 30: De'Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings dribbles against Andrew ...

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It’s not Déjà vu.

For the 11th time over their past 16 games dating back to last season, the Sacramento Kings will face the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

This budding Northern California rivalry will take center stage for the first time this season in front of a packed house at Golden 1 Center in what will be the Kings’ first game in front of its home fans this season.

Following last season’s thrilling seven-game Playoff series, the NBA has leaned into the Kings vs. Warriors rivalry, with Friday’s game set to air in front of a national audience on ESPN.

Sacramento and Golden State won’t have to wait long before meeting again following Friday’s action, as the two teams will meet in San Francisco next Wednesday (November 1st), followed by another meeting on November 28th.

Although Draymond Green’s absence due to an ankle sprain will take some juice out of the matchup, there will be plenty of energy on display when these two teams come face-to-face officially for the first time since Stephen Curry’s 50-point masterpiece in Game 7.

Kings. Warriors. Packed house at Golden 1 Center on a Friday night. Let’s get things rolling.

YouTube video

Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors Game Info

When: 7:00 PM PST

Where: Golden 1 Center – Sacramento, CA

TV: ESPN, NBC Sports California

Radio: Sactown Sports 1140 AM – Coverage starts at 5:30 PM on Game Night

Line: Kings -2.5, O/U 238

Be sure to tune in right here on Sactown Sports 1140 for all of your Kings vs. Warriors coverage, beginning at 5:30 PM PST on Game Night before a 7:00 PM PST tip-off from downtown Sacramento.

Tickets: Click here

Kings vs. Warriors: A Growing Rivalry

During media day, Draymond Green was asked if he considers Kings vs. Warriors a rivalry.

“You start talking about the basketball side of it, and that team gained my respect,” Green told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Zena Keita.

“There’s a lot of teams we’ve played over the course of this run, and they ain’t gained any respect. But that team gained my respect. They got a bunch of young, hungry guys led by De’Aaron Fox, who will be a superstar in this league. They’re hungry, and they’re going after it, and I respect that.”

De’Aaron Fox echoed Green’s sentiment following October 18th’s preseason thriller at Chase Center.

“It’s a battle. We have respect for them, and obviously, we hope they have respect for us,” Fox said of the growing rivalry with the Warriors. “Going in night in and night out, we expect it to be a fight.”

With both teams set to be in the mix for playoff spots again in 2023-24, it looks like this rivalry will only gain steam as the season progresses.

YouTube video

Can the Kings keep Kevon Looney off the glass?

While Stephen Curry and De’Aaron Fox will be the marquee matchup, many eyes will be following Domantas Sabonis and Kevon Looney on Friday night.

Looney dominated Sacramento on the glass during April’s playoff series, averaging 15.1 rebounds per game over seven matchups.

The veteran center had a large hand in delivering the final nail in the Kings’ coffin during Game 7 by grabbing 21 rebounds (10 offensive) as Sabonis and Sacramento failed to match Looney’s physicality.

Offensive rebounds haunted the Kings during their playoff series loss to the Warriors, and Wednesday’s season-opener featured a similar issue as the Utah Jazz pulled down 16 offensive boards.

Sabonis has been impressive since the start of preseason play, and now that the All-NBA center’s fractured right hand has fully healed, it will be interesting to see if he can flip the script and come out on top in the battle of the boards against Looney.

Living By The Three

It’s no secret that Sacramento has a bevy of three-point shooters, and they put on a show during Wednesday’s season-opener in Salt Lake City.

The Kings shot 19-of-51 (37%) from long-range during the win, with the 19-made triples setting a franchise opening night record. Sacramento’s 51 attempts from beyond the arc would have been the second-most in any game last season (52).

Both of these two teams heavily rely on the long-ball, and you can expect to see plenty of attempts from three-point land on Friday night.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each took 11+ three-point attempts during Golden State’s season-opening loss to the Phoenix Suns, and the ‘Splash Brothers’ will surely be on the attack once again when they face a Kings defense that allowed opponents to shoot 37 percent from deep last year (26th in the NBA).

Fox vs. Curry

De’Aaron Fox might have inked a deal to become the first NBA player under Stephen Curry’s shoe brand, but that doesn’t mean that the two All-Star guards will be holding back when they cross paths on the hardwood.

“Throughout the Playoffs–and this happened a lot–the [social media] would show the shoes [that players were wearing] and they’re like ‘Oh, he’s wearing Stephs,'” Fox said during a sit-down interview with Curry and ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

“I’m like ‘Well, Imma bust his a** in his shoes.’”

Curry and Fox put on a show during April’s playoff series, and now the two stars will add another chapter to their growing rivalry (and business relationship) on Friday night.

Here’s how the two guards matched up during the seven-game playoff series:


Injury Report


  • Trey Lyles – OUT (left calf strain)
  • Jalen Slawson – QUESTIONABLE  (illness)

Golden State

  • Draymond Green – OUT (left ankle sprain)

Sacramento Kings 2023-24 Regular Season Schedule

  • Friday, October 27th – Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors – 7 PM PST (Home Opener)
  • Sunday, October 29th – Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers – 6 PM PST
  • Wednesday, November 1st – Sacramento Kings @ Golden State Warriors – 7 PM PST
  • Saturday, November 4th – Sacramento Kings @ Houston Rockets – 5 PM PST
  • Monday, November 6th – Sacramento Kings @ Houston Rockets – 5 PM PST

Thank you for reading Follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.


Sacramento Kings

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 22: Cody Williams #10 of the Colorado Buffaloes looks on during the N...

Frankie Cartoscelli

NBA Draft Player Profile: Cody Williams

Cody Williams is a 6'7 forward who can knock down the three-ball. Should the Sacramento Kings draft him at 13th in next month's NBA Draft?

1 day ago

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 13: Head coach Mike Brown gestures at Malik Monk #0 of the Sacramento K...

Frankie Cartoscelli

Two big offseason questions for the Sacramento Kings

Will the Sacramento Kings offer Mike Brown a contract extension? Is it possible that Malik Monk accepts the highest bid in free agency?

1 day ago

Keon Ellis #23 of the Sacramento Kings dribbles during the second half against the New York Knicks ...

Amiliano Fragoso

Henry Turner says Keon Ellis is his Kings ‘dawg’ of the year

Do the Sacramento Kings need more fiery players in the rotation? Henry Turner absolutely believes that is the case for the Kings to have success next season. The High Flyer, Henry Turner, joined The Drive Guys Thursday to talk about the Sacramento Kings’ 2023-24 season. The guys discuss what went wrong with the current roster, […]

1 day ago

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 24: Devin Carter #22 of the Providence Friars attempts a shot against ...

Frankie Cartoscelli

NBA Draft Player Profile: Devin Carter

Should the Sacramento Kings give Devin Carter a look when it's their turn to pick in the NBA Draft? Dave & Jason discuss:

2 days ago

Harrison Barnes #40 of the Sacramento Kings looks on against the Orlando Magic during the first qua...

Brenden Nunes

Harrison Barnes named finalist for Joe Dumars NBA Sportsmanship Award

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes was named as one of the six finalist for the Joe Dumars NBA Sportsmanship Award.

2 days ago

SACRAMENTO, CA - MAY 12: (Left to Right) Brad Miller #52 of the Sacramento Kings huddles with Chris...

Frankie Cartoscelli

On This Date: Sacramento Kings force Game 7 against Timberwolves

On this date in 2004, the Sacramento Kings forced a Game 7 against the Minnesota Timberwolves--and Anthony Peeler got into it with KG.

2 days ago

Preview: Kings to battle Warriors in home opener at G1C