Both teams are chasing at least the No. 9 seed to advance to a potential play-in tournament against the Memphis Grizzlies.
This is a huge game for Sacramento. San Antonio is missing LaMarcus Aldridge, which is a big blow for the Spurs. The Kings need to take advantage and get off to a strong start, especially with one of their main competitors in the playoff chase — the New Orleans Pelicans — coming up short against the Utah Jazz in their opener.
Where: Orlando, Florida
When: Friday, 5 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California, (Interim play-by-play man Gary Gerould, and color commentator Doug Christie will call the games on NBCSC)
Streaming: fuboTV, NBA League Pass
Kings: Marvin Bagley III (out), Alex Len (questionable)
Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge (out), Bryan Forbes (out)
To get pumped for the return of the Kings, here are some links from around the web:
Buddy Hield has been vocal about his time in the bubble. Now, the soft-shooting guard isn’t holding back about how he feels about the Kings’ chase for a playoff spot. (Kings.com)
Sacramento has had its share of misses at recent NBA Drafts. 247Sports looks at every NBA teams’ worst draft pick since 2000.
What are you most looking forward to watching with the NBA’s return in the bubble? ESPN Insiders came together and put together a list of the 16 things they’re excited to look out for.