Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Preview
Golden State at Sacramento
When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, December 14, 2018
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

The Sacramento Kings are a team on the rise, one of several young teams pushing to become like the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors, who visit the Kings on Friday, are coming off a rare off night but still look poised to contend for their third consecutive NBA title and fourth in five years.

Golden State had a four-game winning streak come to an end in a 113-93 home loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday and admitted to struggling to find the intensity on a nightly basis. "We're now in a place where we're defending a title and defending sort of a mantle that we've had for several years, and it's a different vibe," Kerr told reporters. "It's a different feeling than when you're on the climb like Toronto is, like Milwaukee is, like we were a few years ago. It's a different feeling, it's a different vibe. It's harder to get up for each game, and so there are certain nights where you can just feel it, you don't have that energy, and if you played in the NBA, you've coached in this league, you understand it." The Kings seem to have endless energy and shot 58.1 percent from the floor while turning away the Minnesota Timberwolves 141-130 on Wednesday. Sacramento knocked down a franchise-record 19 3-pointers in the win, led by shooting guard Buddy Hield's five.

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

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (19-10): Golden State is considering its place in history and star guard Stephen Curry got caught up defending his team against former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, who suggested his Los Angeles squad could beat the Warriors. "For me, I think it's a tough conversation because I've always found it hard to compare eras to each other," Curry told ESPN. "But in terms of having three banners up there and create parallels and comparisons to how they dominated the league through their run to what we're doing now, I think that speaks a lot on its own. Just in terms of us accomplishing the goal and fulfilling the potential that we have." Curry averaged 32.5 points during a four-game winning streak but slumped to 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting on Wednesday.

ABOUT THE KINGS (15-12): Sacramento reached deep into its well of solid young guards and plucked out Yogi Ferrell on Wednesday, watching him score 17 points in 16 minutes off the bench. Ferrell went 4-of-4 from 3-point range after totaling 13 points in the previous 14 contests. "Hats off to Yogi Ferrell about being a professional and being ready for an opportunity," Kings coach Dave Joerger told reporters. "We preach that with our young guys – staying ready, staying ready, staying ready. Heck of a game."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Kings PF Nemanja Bjelica scored a season-high 25 points on Wednesday.

2. Warriors SF Andre Iguodala (hip) sat out the last two games and is day-to-day.

3. Kevin Durant scored 44 points as Golden State held off Sacramento 117-116 at home on Nov. 24.

PREDICTION: Warriors 135, Kings 128
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Golden State 19-10 L1 12-3 7-7 3-0 16-10 2-1 9-6
Sacramento 15-12 W2 7-5 8-7 0-3 15-9 1-3 8-9
Last Meeting
Golden State Sacramento
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/24/18 SAC 116 GS 117 117 54 46.6 116 47 43.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Golden State K. Durant 44 50.0 16
Sacramento B. Hield 28 57.1 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Golden State K. Durant 13 1 12
Sacramento M. Bagley III 17 7 10
Assists Player  
Golden State K. Durant 7
Sacramento D. Fox 9
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Golden State K. Durant 909 51.7 210
Sacramento B. Hield 558 45.6 57
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Golden State K. Durant 250 17 233
Sacramento W. Cauley-Stein 254 68 186
Assists Player  
Golden State K. Durant 197
Sacramento D. Fox 221
Quickchart Matchup
Golden State Golden State Off vs  Sacramento Sacramento Defense
Golden State Off vs Sacramento - Points For 115.6 Points For
Golden State Off vs Sacramento - Points Against 115.5 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 49.2 FG%
Sacramento - FG% 47.3 FG%
Golden State - Reb 45.3 Reb
Sacramento - Reb 46.9 Reb
Sacramento Sacramento Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
Sacramento Off vs Golden State - Points For 115.3 Points For
Sacramento Off vs Golden State - Points Against 110.6 Points Against
Sacramento - FG% 48.2 FG%
Golden State - FG% 45.0 FG%
Sacramento - Reb 44.4 Reb
Golden State - Reb 42.7 Reb