Apr 15, 2024 - Sports

Warriors to face Kings in play-in

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Stephen Curry shoots during a game against the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center in January. Photo: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors, the No. 10 seed, will face the Sacramento Kings, the No. 9 seed, in the play-in tournament tomorrow.

Why it matters: Another battle of Northern California is upon us, and the Warriors are hoping they'll be as successful as they were last postseason when they beat the Kings in the first round of the playoffs.

Driving the news: The NBA regular season ended yesterday, with the Warriors beating the Utah Jazz 123-116.

  • But wins by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Kings didn't allow the Dubs to move up the standings to get a more favorable spot in the play-in.

Zoom in: As the No. 10 seed, the Warriors are tasked with winning a do-or-die game on the road in Sacramento.

  • The winner of that game will then face the loser of the No. 7 versus No. 8 game, so either the New Orleans Pelicans or the Los Angeles Lakers, on Friday.
  • If the Warriors win that game, they'll be in the playoffs as the No. 8 seed, facing the Oklahoma City Thunder, the No. 1 seed, in the first round on Sunday.

Of note: Any loss at any point in the play-in tournament will mark the end of the Warriors' season.

What's next: Tip-off is tomorrow at 7pm.

  • The playoffs begin April 20.
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