It's schedule release day in the NBA! One of the most mildly interesting days in the NBA calendar. Nobody really cares this far out from opening night, but we have an obligation to post it, so here you go:
Complete Sacramento Kings 2021-22 NBA schedule pic.twitter.com/EYFyZ0IUEh
— Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) August 20, 2021
The Kings will open the 2021-22 regular season in Portland on October 20th, and host their home opener vs. the Utah Jazz on October 22nd. I would analyze the schedule further, but 1) I don't care all that much, and 2) I haven't seen a plain text simple, readable version of the schedule posted online yet, so blurry twitter images will have to do for now, and we can save the over-analysis for later.
The Kings social team put their own spin on the schedule reveal, as they do every year. You can check that out here:
✅ Bumble Bees
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) August 20, 2021
I suppose I'll close my thoughts with this – the Kings have a grand total of zero games on ESPN, ABC, or TNT this season. That isn't terribly surprising, but kind of a bummer. I'm not going to argue that they deserve a true national TV game, but I do wish they had the sort of impact offseason that would warrant one of these networks giving them a shot on the big stage. We're all still waiting for that aggressive swing trade that would take them from a play-in contender to a legitimate playoff team with postseason expectations.
The Kings provided some of their own notes on the schedule, via press release:
Schedule breakdown by month: October (2 home, 4 away = 6 total), November (9 home, 7 away = 16 total), December (10 home, 5 away = 15 total), January (7 home, 8 away = 15 total), February (5 home, 6 away = 11 total), March (6 home, 8 away = 14 total), April (2 home, 3 away = 5 total).
By day, the schedule breaks down as follows: Monday (5 home, 7 away = 12 total), Tuesday (4 home, 3 away = 7 total), Wednesday (13 home, 10 away = 23 total), Thursday (1 home, 2 away = 3 total), Friday (7 home, 6 away = 13 total), Saturday (3 home, 9 away = 12 total), Sunday (8 home, 4 away = 12 total).
The Kings longest homestand features six games: Wednesday, Dec. 22 thru Sunday, Jan. 2 hosting LA Clippers (Dec. 22), Memphis (Dec. 26), Oklahoma City (Dec. 28), Dallas (Dec. 29, Dec. 31) and Miami (Jan. 2).
During three separate occasions, Sacramento will embark on season-long five-game road trips: Saturday, Jan. 22 thru Monday, Jan. 31, Saturday, Feb. 26 thru Saturday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 23 thru Friday, April 1.
Of the team’s 14 back-to-back sets, four are of the home-home variety, four are away-away, three represent the away-home category and three are home-away.
Sacramento’s 41-game home schedule features 18 weekend contests at Golden 1 Center (seven games on Fridays, three on Saturdays and eight on Sundays).
The Kings will open the season versus Portland for the first time since the 1989-90 campaign. Through four opening nights with the Trail Blazers, Sacramento owns a 1-3 record between Oct. 29, 1982 in Kansas City, Oct. 27, 1984 in Kansas City, Nov. 5, 1988 at Portland and Nov. 3, 1989 at Portland.
The Kings have a 24-12 record in home openers during the Sacramento-era (1985-present), including a 17-7 record since 1998-99.