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Kings To Open At Home On December 26 Against Lakers, According To Report

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The Sacramento Kings will face the L.A. Lakers at Power Balance Pavilion on December 26, reports Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. As the Kings are shockingly not scheduled for the NBA's national TV Christmas pentupleheader, the Lakers' visit will be the first game of the season for the Kings.

The Lakers will be in Game No. 2 of a lovely little back-to-back-to-back, as L.A. hosts the Chicago Bulls on Christmas and hits Salt Lake to play the Utah Jazz on December 27.

The Kings ought to be well-rested, with the second of two preseason games coming on December 20. One would imagine that Paul Westphal will hold a couple of practices after the second preseason game to string out an abbreviated training camp a bit.

You'll remember that the Kings' final game of 2010-11 -- a game most of us felt could be the team's final game in Sacramento -- came against those Lakers. The Kings lost in overtime before an emotional crowd. Kevin Johnson pulled out the Burkle card a day later, and things have been beautiful ever since.