In a matchup that could very well serve as a postseason preview, the Kings will travel to Oakland on Thursday, Feb. 21, to face the Golden State Warriors (41-16). This will be the fourth and final regular-season meeting between the Northern California teams who could face off in the first round of the NBA playoffs, should Sacramento make it there after a 12-season-long playoff drought.
The reigning NBA champion Warriors are currently the top seed in the Western Conference while the Sacramento Kings sit just outside of the playoff standings. The Kings were the eighth seed before suffering a last-second loss to the Denver Nuggets (39-18) just before the All-Star break. The loss put Sacramento a game behind the L.A. Clippers (32-27) for the eighth and final spot in the playoff standings with 25 games remaining in the regular season.
After a surprising start to their 2018-2019 campaign, the Kings have spent much of the season hovering around the eight-spot in the Western Conference standings. If the Kings can secure the eighth seed while the Warriors continue to run the table in the West, we’ll get a best-of-seven playoff series featuring teams separated by just 87 miles.