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Warriors Revisit Playoff Battles in Preseason Slate

Lakers and Kings Among Warriors’ Preseason Opponents

When the Warriors' preseason slate begins on Oct. 7, the Dubs will kick off their 2023-24 campaign by revisiting some competitive playoff battles from the previous season.

In their first four matchups, the Warriors will play two games against the Los Angeles Lakers (Oct. 7, Oct. 13) and two against the Sacramento Kings (Oct 15, Oct 18). The Warriors will host the Lakers on Oct. 7 and the Kings on Oct. 18. The Lakers defeated the Dubs in the 2023 Western Conference Semifinals 4-2, while the Warriors beat the Kings in the first round 4-3.

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The Lakers retained most of their core this offseason, re-signing guard Austin Reaves, guard D'Angelo Russell and forward Rui Hachimura. They also added several complimentary pieces to fill out the roster, including guard Gabe Vincent, who started for the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat this past season. The 2023-24 campaign marks year five of the LeBron James and Anthony Davis duo, which has resulted in a championship and two conference finals appearances.

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The Kings' core also remains intact as they signed All-NBA forward Domantas Sabonis to a multi-year extension while re-signing center Alex Len and forward Trey Lyles. This past season, the De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis duo gave the Kings two All-NBA players – the only Western Conference team that could lay such claim.

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In their final preseason game, the Warriors will host the San Antonio Spurs. After securing the first pick of the 2023 NBA Draft, the Spurs drafted 7'5 prospect Victor Wembenyama from France. Wembenyama averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in two summer league games in Las Vegas. Wembenyama's first scheduled game at Chase Center will be on Oct. 20.

Paper Plane Klay Bobblehead Night on Oct. 20

The Warriors will have bobblehead nights for their final two preseason home games (against the Kings and Spurs), where fans in attendance will receive uniquely themed bobbleheads catered to the Splash Brothers. Oct. 18 is Stephen Curry College Grad bobblehead night and Oct. 20 is Paper Plane Klay bobblehead night.

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This preseason may give Dub Nation their first look at new offseason additions, including 12-time All-Star Chris Paul, Cory Joseph and Dario Šarić. Rookies Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson-Davis also may play their first games at Chase Center.

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