The Sacramento Kings have been rewarded with a first-round game against the reigning champion Golden State Warriors for overcoming their 16-year playoff drought.

The Kings dominated the league this season with their high-octane offense, and they’ll need to be locked in against a Warriors team that has a lot of playoff experience. The Kings finished the regular season with the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.

The Warriors, despite being the No. 6 seed, are optimistic about their chances of being the lowest-seeded team to win a title since the No. 6 seed Houston Rockets in 1995.

There won’t be a shortage of entertainment in an all-California contest between youth and experience.

Kings vs Warriors Betting Odds for Game 1

Now we are checking the Kings vs Warriors Betting Odds for the first game of this NBA Playoffs series:

  • Golden State Warriors PK -110
  • Sacramento Kings PK -110
  • Total: 238.5 Over/Under

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2022–2023 Kings vs Warriors regular season series

The Warriors prevailed 3-1 in the regular-season series.

  • Oct. 23, 2022: Kings 125, Warriors 130
  • November 7, 2022: Kings 113, Warriors 116
  • Kings 122, Warriors 115 on November 13, 2023.
  • April 7, 2023: Kings 97, Warriors 119

The first three games were closely contested, with an average margin of victory of just five points, with the exception of the last contest of the season, which the short-handed Kings sans Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox lost in a lopsided fashion.

Kings vs Warriors matchup includes Andrew Wiggins’ return and the duel of the 3-pointers

The 3-point shooting will determine the outcome of this series, as it does in many games involving the Golden State Warriors.

Few teams would feel comfortable engaging the Warriors in a shootout, but the Kings may be one of the best-equipped groups to go head-to-head with the Splash Brothers and company.

The Kings were placed fifth with 13.3, while Golden State had the most 3-pointers made per game (16.6) at the end of the regular season.

The Kings can score quickly thanks to their No. 1 offense (118.6 points per 100 possessions), while the Warriors have the league’s quickest tempo this year.

With five of the 20 players who have made at least 200 three-pointers this season—Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, Kevin Huerter, and Keegan Murray—playing in this series, all indications are that it will favor the shooters.

3-point marksmen in Kings vs. Warriors
Player Rank Team 3-pointers made
Klay Thompson 1 Warriors 301
Stephen Curry 3 Warriors 273
Jordan Poole 9 Warriors 214
Keegan Murray 15 Kings 206
Kevin Huerter 16 Kings 205

Because of his ability to guard the perimeter, Andrew Wiggins’ return looms as one of the crucial factors in this series for Golden State.

With the hope that he’ll be prepared to play in Game 1 on Saturday, Wiggins has gradually increased his effort and participated in 5-on-5 scrimmages over the weekend.

Adding Wiggins back into the mix will give the Warriors a huge boost in dealing with players like Fox, Murray, Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, and Keegan Murray, especially on the road where they’ve allowed opponents to shoot a scorching 40.1 percent from beyond the arc, compared to just 33 percent at Chase Center. It’s important to note that the Warriors’ defense looked much better across their final 10 games.

TV Stations and The Kings vs Warriors Schedule

The 2023 NBA Playoffs’ first round starts on April 15 of that year.

Kings vs. Warriors 2023 NBA Playoffs schedule
Date Game Time TV channel
Saturday, April 15 Game 1 8:30 p.m. ABC

Each game in each first-round series will be televised on either TNT, ESPN, ABC, or NBA TV, though the complete schedule has not yet been made public.