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November 2, 2013
Pregame: Kings at Warriors figures to be hotly contested

OAKLAND - We should be in for another "chippy" game tonight.

Much like Friday night's opponent, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Kings figure to have some disdain for the Golden State Warriors tonight.

That will start at center where DeMarcus Cousins figures to be bothered at some point by some roughhouse defense from Golden State's Andrew Bogut.

In the last preseason encounter, Isaiah Thomas and Stephen Curry had a stare down after Thomas foul and Curry came close to landing awkwardly.

Then there's also the fact that the Kings won the season series 3-1 last season.

"They are talented and there is no secret about that," said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. "They have guys at different positions that can get their own shot and a big time talent in DeMarcus Cousins. They played against us with a chip."

Kings coach Michael Malone was an assistant on the Warriors' staff last season and doesn't really care too much about last season.

"For me that that has nothing to do with this year," Malone said.

*No lineup changes for either team. Harrison Barnes (foot) is still out for Golden State.

*Prediction time: The Warriors have scored at last 115 points in their first two games and the Kings, though improved, still have work to do defensively.

Playing on the road might be too much for the Kings, though I expect a close game.

Warriors 105, Kings 101
My record this season: 2-0



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