5 Takeaways From The Sacramento Kings' 2019-20 NBA Schedule

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Sacramento Kings fans are optimistic for this season, but will have to wait to watch their team at the Golden 1 Center.

On Monday, the Kings released the 2019-20 schedule and will begin the season on the road against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 23. The first home game is set for Oct. 25 against the Portland Trail Blazers. The NBA schedule tips off on Oct. 22, so the Kings won't play at home until the third night of the regular season.

Here are a few of the takeaways and important stretches of the schedule.

Little national exposure

Despite finishing last season with a better-than-expected 39-43 record, the Kings will play just one nationally-televised game in the 2019-20 season. However, Sacramento does not have an All-Star player on the roster and has missed the playoffs in 13-straight seasons, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that they haven't been prominently featured since trading DeMarcus Cousins in 2017.

The lone nationally-televised game isn't until March 11, in a mid-week matchup with Zion Williamson's New Orleans Pelicans on ESPN. Sacramento is relegated to seven games on NBATV, with all others being broadcast locally or on NBA League Pass.

The team will be off on Christmas day but will host the LA Clippers on New Year's Eve and travel to the Miami Heat for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matchup.

The Kings will have to wait for the Warriors

The Kings will have to wait until Dec. 15 to get a first look at the Chase Center, the Golden State Warriors' new home in San Francisco. Less than a month later, the Warriors will make the trip up to Sacramento on Jan. 6.

The final of the four regular-season matchups will also be the last game of the season, on April 15, in Sacramento.

While the Warriors have afforded the Kings their respect over the last couple of years, these matchups never held much weight, with the Warriors more concerned with the playoffs and the Kings failing to be a postseason factor.

That could change this season as Golden State starts the post-Kevin Durant era. Sacramento, meanwhile, hopes to build on a breakout season from De'Aaron Fox, a new head coach and a sensible off-season and make the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.

The last game of the season could conceivably be an important one for playoff positioning.

Back to backs

The Kings will play 13 back-to-back sets this season, with two complete sets at home. Among the toughest trips include Orlando on March 21 to New Orleans on March 22 and the Lakers on April 14 before facing the Warriors in the regular-season finale.

On the flip side, they will face a team on the final night of a back-to-back set 11 times while they are rested.

March home stand

Travel for almost every month is pretty balanced for the Kings, with November being the most travel heavy with eight road games to five home games. No other month favors road games for more than two nights.

The NBA schedule does give the Kings a home stand in March, when 10 of 15 games will be played in Sacramento. At the end of January, the team will embark on its longest road trip spanning five games in 10 days.

From March 26 to April 5, the Kings will play six-straight games at home, including dates with the Lakers and Clippers.

The playoff push could be tough

The Kings come out of that home stand to play four of the final five games of the season on the road. Those games feature teams that either made the playoffs last season or should be competing for a playoff spot: The San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Lakers and Warriors.

To break the 13-year streak of missing the postseason, the Kings will likely need to have one of the eight best records in the Western Conference before that final slate of games. Otherwise, they'll face an uphill battle against teams expected to be jockeying for playoff position.

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Sacramento Kings fans are optimistic for this season, but will have to wait to watch their team at the Golden 1 Center.

On Monday, the Kings released the 2019-20 schedule and will begin the season on the road against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 23. The first home game is set for Oct. 25 against the Portland Trail Blazers. The NBA schedule tips off on Oct. 22, so the Kings won't play at home until the third night of the regular season.

Here are a few of the takeaways and important stretches of the schedule.

Little national exposure

Despite finishing last season with a better-than-expected 39-43 record, the Kings will play just one nationally-televised game in the 2019-20 season. However, Sacramento does not have an All-Star player on the roster and has missed the playoffs in 13-straight seasons, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that they haven't been prominently featured since trading DeMarcus Cousins in 2017.

The lone nationally-televised game isn't until March 11, in a mid-week matchup with Zion Williamson's New Orleans Pelicans on ESPN. Sacramento is relegated to seven games on NBATV, with all others being broadcast locally or on NBA League Pass.

The team will be off on Christmas day but will host the LA Clippers on New Year's Eve and travel to the Miami Heat for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matchup.

The Kings will have to wait for the Warriors

The Kings will have to wait until Dec. 15 to get a first look at the Chase Center, the Golden State Warriors' new home in San Francisco. Less than a month later, the Warriors will make the trip up to Sacramento on Jan. 6.

The final of the four regular-season matchups will also be the last game of the season, on April 15, in Sacramento.

While the Warriors have afforded the Kings their respect over the last couple of years, these matchups never held much weight, with the Warriors more concerned with the playoffs and the Kings failing to be a postseason factor.

That could change this season as Golden State starts the post-Kevin Durant era. Sacramento, meanwhile, hopes to build on a breakout season from De'Aaron Fox, a new head coach and a sensible off-season and make the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.

The last game of the season could conceivably be an important one for playoff positioning.

Back to backs

The Kings will play 13 back-to-back sets this season, with two complete sets at home. Among the toughest trips include Orlando on March 21 to New Orleans on March 22 and the Lakers on April 14 before facing the Warriors in the regular-season finale.

On the flip side, they will face a team on the final night of a back-to-back set 11 times while they are rested.

March home stand

Travel for almost every month is pretty balanced for the Kings, with November being the most travel heavy with eight road games to five home games. No other month favors road games for more than two nights.

The NBA schedule does give the Kings a home stand in March, when 10 of 15 games will be played in Sacramento. At the end of January, the team will embark on its longest road trip spanning five games in 10 days.

From March 26 to April 5, the Kings will play six-straight games at home, including dates with the Lakers and Clippers.

The playoff push could be tough

The Kings come out of that home stand to play four of the final five games of the season on the road. Those games feature teams that either made the playoffs last season or should be competing for a playoff spot: The San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Lakers and Warriors.

To break the 13-year streak of missing the postseason, the Kings will likely need to have one of the eight best records in the Western Conference before that final slate of games. Otherwise, they'll face an uphill battle against teams expected to be jockeying for playoff position.

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