KINGS (16-26) AT
Where: Oracle Arena
Time: 7:30 p.m.
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1. Own the pace: The Kings are trying to use an up-tempo offense, but this might be one game in which a slower pace would serve them better. The Warriors lead the NBA in possessions per 48 minutes, points and fast-break points per game. If this becomes a track meet, it may be hard for the Kings to keep up.
2. Protect the ball: One way the Warriors create those fast-break chances is with aggressive defense – they force the fifth-most turnovers in the league and are second in points per game off turnovers (19.6). The Kings have to avoid careless turnovers that would let Golden State run in the open court.
3. Avoid the run: Teams have played the Warriors close at times this year, only to have Golden State go on a sudden run. The last time these teams met, the Warriors pulled away with a 17-0 run in the first quarter. The Kings can’t let things get away that early.