Programming note: Kings-Warriors coverage starts tonight at 7 p.m. with Kings Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California (territory restrictions apply) and streaming live on Live Extra
The Kings begin five consecutive road games with a 90 mile commute to Oakland to face the Warriors.
Sacramento (16-26) has lost five straight, matching its longest losing streak of the season, while Golden State (34-6) boasts the NBA’s best record and has won 11 of its last 12 games.
The Kings will need a special effort to beat the Warriors at Oracle Arena.
Warriors by 15
MATCHUP TO WATCH
DeMarcus Cousins vs. Andrew Bogut -- Look for the Kings to go to Cousins early and often at Oracle Arena.
1) Energy early –- If the Kings don’t bring it, it could be over before it starts.
2) Defense –- Golden State leads the league in points scored, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, and assists which will test the Kings defense.
3) Big night –- Cousins and/or Gay may need to go off to pull off the upset at Oracle
Kings: F Carl Landry (right wrist sprain) and F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) are out.
Warriors -- C Festus Ezeli (left ankle sprain) is out.
This is the third of four meetings this season between the Kings and the Warriors. Golden State has taken the first two games and has won six straight over the Kings.
The Kings lead the series 64-63 in the Sacramento era, yet trail the overall series 185-191.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins:
“I’ve been here five years. I've been through this. We're at the bottom right now. We can't go nowhere but to the top."
Catch Insider Bill Herenda tonight at 7 p.m. on Comast SportsNet California when he previews the Kings-Warriors matchup and provides "Herenda’s Agenda" on Kings Pregame Live