The Warriors (3-4) are coming off a rough week that saw them drop three games to the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and the Kings. Those losses caused them to fall three spots to No. 22 in Marc Stein's ESPN Power Rankings, seven spots to No. 20 in Matt Moore's CBSSports.com Power Rankings, six spots to No. 21 in NBC's Pro Basketball Talk Power Rankings, and slotted them at No. 22 in SB Nation's Power Rankings as compiled by Seth Rosenthal. The season-ending injury to Brandon Rush and temporary loss of Andrew Bogut, combined with some shooting woes, has really cost the young Warriors squad.
The Kings (2-5) went 1-2 last week, downing the Warriors, but losing to the Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs. Stein has them up one spot to No. 28 in his rankings, while Moore has them slipping two spots to No. 27. Pro Basketball talk slots Sacramento at No. 26, and Rosenthal has them pegged as the Western Conference's worst team at No. 28.