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SACRAMENTO – Sacramento is off to a rough start. After Friday night’s loss to the Houston Rockets, the Kings have lost four straight and sit at 1-5 on the season. To compound matters, All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins will miss his fourth straight game with an Achilles strain.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for a Kings team playing their fourth game in five night’s. The World Champion Warriors are in a groove after Friday night’s win over the Denver Nuggets and they are looking to improve on their 6-0 start.
Expect George Karl to mix and match his lineups once again as he searches for answer for his freshly assembled team.
Warriors by 11.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. The Entire Kings Roster -- Curry filled a trophy case with awards and accolades last season, including a league MVP. The sharpshooter is off to an even better start this year, leading the NBA in scoring at 35.5 points per game on an incredible 56.9 percent shooting from the field and 51.4 percent from 3-point land. After giving up 43 to James Harden on Friday night, Sacramento is going to need a team effort to slow Curry and even that might not do it.
WHERE THEY STAND:
Kings: 1-5, last place in Pacific
Warriors: 6-0, last place in Pacific
Kings: C DeMarcus Cousins (right Achilles strain) and G Darren Collison (left hamstring strain) are out. G Seth Curry (right ankle sprain) is doubtful. F Omri Casspi (right shoulder strain) and C Willie Cauley-Stein (left ankle sprain) are probable.
Warriors: C Andrew Bogut (concussion) is out.
The Warriors swept the season series last season and have now won eight straight the Kings. Golden State holds a 193-185 lead all-time over the Kings and a 65-64 advantage in the Sacramento-era.
“I’m not making excuses, everybody is losing, but there is always a time in your schedulethat the process is to get better and stay strong.” --George Karl on the Kings 1-5 start