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Are the Kings and Warriors destined for an Interstate 80 NBA playoff series?

New Kings players Barnes and Burks excited to jump in, reach for playoffs

New Sacramento Kings players Harrison Barnes and Alec Burks are introduced to the media at a press conference on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. They were traded to the Kings on Wednesday.
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New Sacramento Kings players Harrison Barnes and Alec Burks are introduced to the media at a press conference on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. They were traded to the Kings on Wednesday.

If the regular season ended today, the Kings would qualify for the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference with a first-round matchup against the two-time defending NBA-champion Golden State Warriors in an Interstate 80 playoff series for the ages.

The idle Kings (30-26) moved into the eighth spot Monday night when the Los Angeles Clippers (31-27) lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Kings now lead the Clippers by percentage points in the conference standings. They are one game behind the seventh-place San Antonio Spurs and two games ahead of the 10th-place Los Angeles Lakers.

The Kings, who are trying to end the NBA’s longest postseason drought after 12 losing seasons, visit the Denver Nuggets (38-18) on Wednesday in their final game before the All-Star break. The Nuggets are second in the West.

The Kings will visit the Warriors on Feb. 21 in their first game after the break. Sacramento and Golden State have never met in the playoffs. In fact, the Kings and Warriors have never made the playoffs in the same year since the Kings came to Sacramento in 1985.

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Jason Anderson is an award-winning sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee. He started his journalism career at The Bee more than 20 years ago and returned to cover the Sacramento Kings in September 2018.


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