The Sacramento Kings will begin their 2015-16 regular season at home when they play host to Pacific Division rival L.A. Clippers on Wednesday, Oct. 28—marking the fourth home opener against the Clippers in Kings annals, including the inaugural contest in Sacramento Kings history on Oct. 25, 1985.
Eight of the club’s next 10 contests will also take place at Sleep Train Arena, including a season-long six-game homestand featuring contests with five 2015 playoff teams: (Nov. 6 vs. Houston), (Nov. 7 vs. 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors), (Nov. 9 vs. San Antonio), (Nov. 13 vs. Brooklyn) and (Nov. 15 vs. Toronto).
Sacramento will be featured on national TV four times during the 2015-16 campaign, including an ESPN broadcast originating from Sleep Train Arena when the Kings take on James Harden and the Houston Rockets (Friday, Nov. 6). The other scheduled ESPN broadcast will tip off from Sacramento when the Kings take on the San Antonio Spurs (Wednesday, Feb. 24). The team also makes a pair of home appearances broadcasted on TNT, highlighted by a contest against Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks (Thursday, Dec. 10) and a matchup with Kobe Bryant and the perennial Pacific Division rival L. A. Lakers (Thursday, Jan. 7). Sacramento plays to a national audience on nine occasions on NBA TV, highlighted by contests at the Clippers (Saturday, Oct. 31) and Knicks (Sunday, Mar. 20) with notable home tilts versus Memphis (Tuesday, Nov. 3), Brooklyn (Friday, Nov. 13) and Oklahoma City Thunder (Monday, Feb. 29).
Following the Kings longest road trip of the season (Wednesday, Nov. 18 thru Wednesday, Nov. 25), Sacramento returns for a pair of home games with the Minnesota Timberwolves (Friday, Nov. 27) and Dallas Mavericks (Monday, Nov. 30) sandwiched between the team’s first game in Oakland versus the Warriors (Saturday, Nov. 28). The team will then travel to Mexico City, Mexico for the first time in franchise history for a game against the Boston Celtics (Thursday, Dec. 3) at the Mexico City Arena as part of the NBA Global Games 2015, marking the second instance in as many seasons that the organization has participated in the league’s international showcase of NBA basketball.
The Kings return from Mexico and a quick two-step through Texas after facing the Rockets (Saturday, Dec. 5) and Thunder (Sunday, Dec. 6) to a series of home games against conference foes, including the Utah Jazz (Tuesday, Dec. 8), Houston (Tuesday, Dec. 15), Portland Trail Blazers (Sunday, Dec. 27), Phoenix Suns (Saturday, Jan. 2), L.A. Lakers (Thursday, Jan. 7) and punctuated by the Warriors’ last visit of the season to Sleep Train Arena (Saturday, Jan. 9).
Sacramento’s second-half campaign once again includes an extended All-Star break (Feb. 11 – 18) before the team settles in for the stretch run featuring a balanced slate of home and road contests to end the season. Sacramento will see the Denver Nuggets for the first time in 2015-16 in consecutive games (Friday, Feb. 19 and Tuesday, Feb. 23). Additional noteworthy spring matchups include games with the championship contending San Antonio Spurs (Wednesday, Feb. 24), L.A. Clippers (Friday, Feb. 26), Oklahoma City Thunder (Monday, Feb. 29) and the lone visit to Sleep Train Arena in 2015-16 by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (Wednesday, Mar. 9). James made his NBA debut at Sleep Train Arena on October 29, 2003.
Sacramento will play the final game in Sleep Train Arena history versus the Thunder on Saturday, April 9, 28 seasons after opening on Nov. 8, 1988 versus Seattle. The Golden1 Center is scheduled to open in downtown Sacramento in the fall of 2016.
KEY FACTS ABOUT THE SACRAMENTO KINGS 2015-16 SCHEDULE:
- By month, the schedule breaks down as follows: October (2 home, 1 away = 3 total), November (9 home, 7 away = 16 total), December (6 home, 7 away = 13 total), January (7 home, 8 away = 15 total), February (6 home, 5 away = 11 total), March (7 home, 10 away = 17 total), April (4 home, 3 away = 7 total).
- By day, the schedule breaks down as follows: Monday (5 home, 9 away = 14 total), Tuesday (4 home, 4 away = 8 total), Wednesday (9 home, 9 away = 18 total), Thursday (5 home, 4 away = 9 total), Friday (9 home, 3 away = 12 total), Saturday (5 home, 8 away = 13 total), Sunday (4 home, 4 away = 8 total).
- The Kings longest homestand is six games on one occasion (Friday, Nov. 6 thru Sunday, Nov. 15). Sacramento also has three-game homestands on six occasions (Tuesday, Dec. 8 thru Tuesday, Dec. 15), (Thursday, Jan.7 thru Wednesday, Jan. 13), (Thursday, Jan. 21 thru Monday, Jan. 25), (Wednesday, Feb. 24 thru Monday, Feb. 29), (Wednesday, Mar. 9 thru Sunday, Mar. 13) and (Tuesday, April 5 thru Saturday, April 9).
- Sacramento embarks on its longest road trip of five games from Wednesday, Nov. 18 thru Wednesday, Nov. 25) with stops in Atlanta (Wednesday, Nov. 18), Miami (Thursday, Nov. 19), Orlando (Saturday, Nov. 21), Charlotte (Monday, Nov. 23) and Milwaukee (Wednesday, Nov. 25).
- Of the 19 sets of back-to-back games, one is of the home-home variety, seven are away-away, three represent the away-home category and eight are home-away.
- Sacramento’s 41-game home schedule features 18 weekend contests at Sleep Train Arena (nine games on Fridays, five on Saturdays and four on Sundays).
- The Kings tote a 23-7 mark in home openers during the Sacramento-era (1985-present), including a 15-2 record since 1998-99.
- Sacramento last opened at home against the Clippers in 1991, when Spud Webb tallied 27 points in his Kings debut and Lionel Simmons notched 15 points and 12 assists en route to a 94-90 victory. The Clippers nipped the Kings 108-104 on Oct. 25, 1985—the inaugural game in Sac-era history.
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