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Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings Pick & Prediction OCT 24TH 2021

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The Golden State Warriors will put their season-opening winning streak on the line at a site where they haven't won since January 2019 when they visit the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.

The game matches two of the NBA's top 3-point shooters, with Golden State's Stephen Curry and Sacramento's Buddy Hield already having made headlines in the early going en route to each recording 10 3s in two games.

Eight of Curry's 10 came in Thursday's 115-113 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

In a crowd-pleasing performance in which Curry made five straight 3s in a 25-point first quarter, he saved his most important two for the final 1:54, helping the Warriors pull out a narrow win in a game they led at one point by 19.

"There's never been anybody like him," Warriors coach Steve Kerr gushed after his star's 45-point night. "Those last two 3s were ridiculous. I'm still blown away."

One night later, Hield rewrote the Kings' record book with some 3-point magic of his own. His first of six in a 110-101 home loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday was the 1,071st of his career, breaking a tie with Peja Stojakovic for the most in Kings franchise history.

"Peja's one of the all-time great shooters in our league," Kings coach Luke Walton said. "For Buddy to do it this quickly (at age 28) speaks to the type of shooter he is."

Walton will be attempting to prevent something Sunday that he had a hand in creating six years ago, the last time the Warriors began a season 3-0.

With Kerr sidelined with a bad back, Walton, a Warriors assistant coach at the time, moved over a seat on the bench and led Golden State to a record 24-0 start in 2015.

Kerr holds a 12-6 head-to-head edge over the fellow University of Arizona alum since Walton became head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers for three seasons. He is now in his third year with the Kings.

The Warriors haven't won at Sacramento since Walton was hired there, losing 111-98 in January 2020 and 141-119 last March. Golden State was without Curry (bruised tailbone) and Draymond Green (rest) in the latter drubbing.

Sunday's meeting will provide a reunion for Warriors newcomer Nemanja Bjelica, who played 2 1/2 seasons for Sacramento before getting dealt to Miami last March on the same day as the Golden State visit.

The veteran forward didn't play in that game, but he did contribute eight points and 10 rebounds to the Kings' 2020 home win over Golden State.

Bjelica has been the Warriors' most productive new face this season, averaging 10.5 points and 8.5 rebounds off the bench, shooting 9-of-12 from the field.

Meanwhile, Golden State will get its first look at guard Davion Mitchell, the former Baylor standout who was selected by the Kings ninth overall in July, two spots after the Warriors opted for Jonathan Kuminga.

Mitchell, considered a defensive specialist, has started slowly offensively, totaling just five points on 2-for-14 shooting. He has missed all six of his 3-point attempts so far.

Kuminga has yet to debut for the Warriors after suffering a strained right patella tendon during the preseason.

--Field Level Media

Golden State vs. Sacramento Recap MAR 25TH 2021

Stephen Curry connected on 10 3-pointers as part of a 42-point performance Saturday night, helping the Golden State Warriors outlast the host Sacramento Kings 127-123 in a game that featured the most combined 3-pointers in NBA history.

The Warriors went 21-for-47 from beyond the arc while the Kings made a franchise-record 20 in 36 attempts.

The 41 3-pointers were one more than the previous record of 40 set in a game last season between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Curry scored 20 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter, none bigger than a three-point play off a Draymond Green assist that put Golden State ahead for good at 123-121 with 2:03 to go.

Green also made a key defensive play two possessions later, stealing a De'Aaron Fox pass and lobbing to Andre Iguodala for an alley-oop dunk that made it a four-point game with 56.8 seconds remaining.

Curry capped his big night with two clinching free throws with 9.4 seconds left.

Curry finished 14-for-26 from the field and 10-for-20 on 3-pointers as the Warriors, in winning their third straight on the road, successfully rebounded from an overtime loss at home to Houston two nights earlier.

Kevin Durant backed Curry with 29 points and nine assists, while Klay Thompson added 20 points, Green 12 to go with seven rebounds and seven assists, and Quinn Cook with 10 points.

Golden State shot 50.5 percent for the game and won at Sacramento for the fourth straight time.

Buddy Hield buried a career-high eight 3-pointers in 13 attempts to account for most of his scoring on a 32-point night for the Kings, who have lost three straight to Golden State this season by one, five and four points.

Justin Jackson also established a career-high for 3-pointers with five during a 28-point game for Sacramento, which lost its fourth in a row.

Bogdan Bogdanovic had 17 points, Willie Cauley-Stein 14 to complement a game-high 13 rebounds, and Nemanja Bjelica 12 points for the Kings, who shot 47.4 percent overall.

--Field Level Media

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