Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Sacramento at Golden State
When: 10:30 PM ET, Friday, March 16, 2018
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

The Golden State Warriors were missing three of their four All-Stars on Wednesday but were not about to use that as an excuse to lay down and take a third straight loss. Kevin Durant managed to lead the Warriors past the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday and will try to do the same when they host the lowly Sacramento Kings on Friday.

Golden State was missing Stephen Curry (ankle), Klay Thompson (thumb) and Draymond Green (shoulder) but got 26 points from Durant to lead seven scorers in double figures in the 117-106 triumph. Curry will miss at least the next week and Thompson will sit out at least two weeks before being re-evaluated while Green is day-to-day with shoulder soreness. Health is a bigger concern at the moment for the Warriors than the standings, where they will enter play on Thursday 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Houston Rockets, but 10 1/2 games clear of third-place Portland. That all counts as good news for the Kings, who are heading out for two on the road after making a one-game stop at home on Wednesday and earning a 123-119 overtime victory over the Miami Heat.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBCS California (Sacramento), NBCS Bay Area (Golden State)

ABOUT THE KINGS (22-47): Sacramento lost to a pair of West playoff contenders on the road at Denver and Oklahoma City on Sunday and Monday but got a few of its young players on the same page in Wednesday's triumph. The rookie starting backcourt of De'Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic combined to score 34 points on 14-of-28 shooting while second-year shooting guard Buddy Hield added 24 points in 31 minutes off the bench. Hield is trying to find some consistency after posting scoring totals of 20, zero, 18, three and 24 over the last five contests.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (52-16): Curry has a history of ankle issues and already missed time this season due to problems with both ankles, so Golden State is being very cautious with his rehab. "We're trying to build up his strength as best we can around the [tweaked right] ankle, and the training staff felt that an extra week or 10 days of intense rehabilitation would put him in a much better position to play through the rest of the year with less risk of spraining the ankle again," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters. Quinn Cook started in Curry's place on Wednesday and managed 13 points in 28 minutes.


1. Kings PF Skal Labissiere (hip) sat out the last three games and is day-to-day.

2. Warriors SF Omri Casspi went 7-of-8 from the floor en route to 15 points in 20 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

3. Sacramento earned a 110-106 win at Golden State on Nov. 27 in a game that both Curry and Durant sat out.

PREDICTION: Warriors 110, Kings 98
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Sacramento 22-47 W1 12-22 10-25 0-6 22-41 3-9 10-33
Golden State 52-16 W1 27-7 25-9 8-3 44-13 9-2 29-13
Last Meeting
Sacramento Golden State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/2/18 GS 119 SAC 104 104 33 44.2 119 51 55.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Sacramento Z. Randolph 18 53.3 1
Golden State K. Durant 33 70.6 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Sacramento Z. Randolph 7 2 5
Golden State Z. Pachulia 13 5 8
Assists Player  
Sacramento B. Bogdanovic 6
Golden State S. Curry 6
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Sacramento B. Hield 906 42.8 67
Golden State K. Durant 1646 52.0 319
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Sacramento W. Cauley-Stein 453 119 334
Golden State D. Green 482 72 410
Assists Player  
Sacramento D. Fox 272
Golden State D. Green 453
Quickchart Matchup
Sacramento Sacramento Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
Sacramento Off vs Golden State - Points For 99.6 Points For
Sacramento Off vs Golden State - Points Against 107.7 Points Against
Sacramento - FG% 45.2 FG%
Golden State - FG% 44.2 FG%
Sacramento - Reb 40.7 Reb
Golden State - Reb 42.0 Reb
Golden State Golden State Off vs  Sacramento Sacramento Defense
Golden State Off vs Sacramento - Points For 115.7 Points For
Golden State Off vs Sacramento - Points Against 107.3 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 51.0 FG%
Sacramento - FG% 47.4 FG%
Golden State - Reb 44.0 Reb
Sacramento - Reb 44.0 Reb