Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings

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The Warriors and Kings have developed a nice rivalry in the Western Conference of the NBA. Each team has had some periods of dominance in this rivalry, but there hasn’t really been a time when they were both great teams. Golden State and Sacramento are two of the four NBA teams that are located in California, and both of them are trying to equal the success of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Kings began the 21st century as one of the best teams in the NBA, but they haven’t been good for more than a decade. Sacramento looks like they are making a comeback in 2019, but they still have a long ways to go. The Golden State Warriors have dominated the last decade, and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. If both teams continue down their current path, odds are that they will meet up in the NBA Playoffs in the upcoming seasons.

History of Warriors vs. Kings Rivalry

The Warriors vs. Kings rivalry dates all the way back to the 1948-49 season when the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the Rochester Royals. There have been a ton of changes to both franchises since that time, but these two teams have continued meeting consistently. The rivalry has ratcheted up a notch since the Warriors and Kings were both placed in the Pacific Division in the Western Conference, but they have yet to face off against each other in the NBA Playoffs. The Warriors and Kings have played a total of 393 regular season games against each other, and the Warriors hold a slim 205-188 lead in the all-time series. The Warriors trailed for much of this rivalry, but the Golden State team has dominated Sacramento in the past decade.

The Warriors were founded in 1946 and began playing games in Philadelphia during that season. They moved to San Francisco in 1962 and eventually changed their name to the Golden State Warriors in 1971. The Philadelphia Warriors won the inaugural Basketball Association of America championship in 1947, and they won their second title just nine years later in 1956. The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship in 1975, but then they were largely irrelevant until the mid 2000’s. The current version of the Golden State Warriors is one of the best in NBA history, and they are looking for their third straight NBA Championship in 2019.

The Kings can trace their history all the way back to 1923, making them one of the longest-running professional basketball franchises in the United States. They were founded as the Rochester Seagrams in 1923 and spent their first 20 seasons there. The team was moved around a ton during the early years before eventually settling in Sacramento in 1985. The Kings have struggled to be competitive for much of the team’s history, but odds are that they will find success at some point. The team won their only championship in 1951, and that is their only appearance in the NBA Finals. The Kings have had some of the best players in NBA history suit up for them, including Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas.

Head to Head Comparison of Warriors and Kings

The Kings have had some terrific seasons throughout the years, but they don’t have the banners to show for it. Sacramento has just one conference championship in 1951, and they also went on to win the NBA title that season. The Kings have also won just three division titles in franchise history, with those seasons coming in 1979, 2002, and 2003. Those 2002-03 teams were a popular pick to reach the NBA Finals, but those predictions never came true. Golden State has now won six NBA Championships in their franchise history, which is tied with the Chicago Bulls for the third-most in league history. The Warriors have won just six division titles, but have won four straight dating back to the 2015 season. Golden State has also won 10 conference titles in their franchise history, making them a much more decorated franchise than their rival from Sacramento. The Warriors have had 18 former players enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, while the Kings are right behind them with 15 players. The Kings might be one of the oldest teams in professional basketball history, but they haven’t had a ton of success.

Quick Glance at Last 20 Games Between Warriors-Kings

The Warriors might hold a slim lead in the all-time series over the Kings, but they have been dominant in the last 20 games. Taking a quick glance back at the last 20 games between the Warriors and Kings will take us back to April 4, 2014. The last 20 games won’t guarantee what is going to happen in the future, but it can help us make a prediction for future games. Golden State has posted a 17-3 record against the Kings since the 2014 season, and they have been about as good against the rest of the NBA as well. The Warriors have actually been better on the road against the Kings, winning 9 of the 10 games played in Sacramento. The Kings have managed to win two of the 10 games played at Oracle Arena in Golden State, which is one of the hardest places to win in the NBA.

Detailed Series Splits In Warriors vs. Kings Rivalry

While the Warriors have been the outright winner in 17 of the last 20 games between these two rivals, that doesn’t tell the whole story in terms of betting on these games. There are differents betting odds and lines that have to be taken into account when figuring out which team to pick in each of these games. Golden State has been the favorite in terms of point spread in all of the last 20 games, but they haven’t always been the right pick. The Warriors have gone just 11-9 against the spread as the favorite, so the Kings have been able to make good on some picks for them. The other thing to look at is the results of each game in terms of total points. Golden State and Sacramento have combined to go “over” the point total in nine of the last 20 games, while the “under” has been the correct pick in the other 11 games. The Warriors have still been the right betting pick more often than not, but taking a closer look at these games shows that the Kings have at least been competitive.