NBA schedule release 2020: Kings' eight-game slate announced for restart


The Kings now know the path they will have to take to reach the 2019-20 NBA playoffs.

Three weeks after the NBA announce its plan to resume the current season at the Disney World complex in Orlando, Florida, the league released the schedules for all 22 teams involved on Friday.

The Kings will play the following eight games with the hope of being either the No. 8 seed or being within four games of the final seed to force a play-in round with that team.

Game No. 1 vs. San Antonio Spurs on Friday, July 31 at 5 p.m. PT
Game No. 2 vs. Orlando Magic on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. PT
Game No. 3 vs. Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, Aug 4 at 11:30 a.m. PT
Game No. 4 vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. PT
Game No. 5 vs. Brooklyn Nets on Friday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. PT
Game No. 6 vs. Houston Rockets on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. PT
Game No. 7 vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. PT
Game No. 8 vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, Aug. 13 -- Time TBD

All Kings games will be broadcast in the Sacramento area, subject to territorial restrictions, on NBC Sports California.

When the season resumes in late July, the Kings will have to get off to a hot start if they want to advance to the play-in round. They trail the Memphis Grizzlies by 3.5 games, and they are in a tight race with the Portland Trail Blazers, Pelicans, Spurs and Phoenix Suns.

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Making matters worse, the Blazers have played two more games than the Kings, giving them a better winning percentage. That is significant because the NBA reportedly will use winning percentage to determine seeding, so Portland has a leg up on the Kings.

Coach Luke Walton and his players have a chance to end the franchise's 13-year playoff drought, but it certainly won't be easy.

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