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NBA schedule 2012: Warriors, Kings face different types of back-to-backs

Which is worse: playing two consecutive nights or facing the best team in the NBA two games in a row?

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The Warriors and Kings will be facing two distinctly different types of back-to-backs this week with each presenting some unfavorable circumstances.

The Kings will take the hardwood first with a pair of Tuesday-Wednesday road games against the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers. Sacramento hasn't seen Cleveland yet but they already slipped by the Pistons earlier this season with a 105-103 victory so they'll be looking to complete a sweep in that series. Then again, that will be a lofty feat when you take into consideration that the Kings are 1-12 away from Sleep Train Arena this season.

The Warriors' back-to-back on the other hand isn't of the consecutive games variety but rather the type in which you play the best team in the NBA two games in a row. On Wednesday, the Warriors will play host to a Clippers team that is currently in the midst of a 17-game winnings streak. And three days later, they head down to Los Angeles to do it all over again against the same bunch of guys.

In the good news department, the Warriors are actually one of six teams to hand the Clippers a defeat this season so they might stand more of a chance than most realize.

For continued Warrior and King updates, check back with SB Nation Bay Area throughout the week.