After a disappointing 101-91 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night on their home floor, the Sacramento Kings draw the undefeated Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
At 17-0, the Warriors are rolling after a 135-116 drubbing of the Phoenix Suns on Friday evening. Golden State set a new NBA record with 15 first half 3-points on their way to a franchise record 22 makes from long range.
MVP Stephen Curry led the way with 41 points on 9-of-16 shooting from distance, while veteran Leandro Barbosa added 21 off the bench on 8-for-9 from the field and 5-of-5 from downtown.
Sacramento has struggled with consistency, specifically on the defensive end, making a matchup with the high-powered Warriors a daunting task.
The Kings bench unit of Darren Collison, Marco Belinelli and Omri Casspi continue to thrive for Sacramento. After combining to score 54 against the Bucks on Wednesday, the trio dropped in another 42 against Minnesota.
DeMarcus Cousins missed his seventh game of the season on Friday night and is unlikely to play against Golden State, a source told CSNCalifornia.com.
Warriors by 15
MATCHUP OF THE GAME:
Rajon Rondo vs. Stephen Curry -- Rondo is posting near triple-doubles on a nightly basis and he currently leads the NBA in assists at 11.2 per game. He will matchup against the toughest cover in the NBA in Curry who is fresh off his first NBA MVP and currently leads the league in scoring at 32.6 points per game. The contrast in style between these two players makes this an interesting watch.
WHERE THEY STAND:
Kings: 6-11, fourth place in Pacific
Warriors: 17-0, first place in Pacific
Kings: C DeMarcus Cousins (lower back strain) is listed as doubtful, F Caron Butler (ankle sprain) questionable
Warriors: F Harrison Barnes (left ankle) doubtful, F Kevon Looney (hip) out
Golden State won the first matchup between these two teams this season and have strung together nine straight against the Kings. The Warriors lead the all-time series 194-185, including a 66-64 advantage during the Sacramento era.