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NBA - US Sports: Kings new boy predicts bright future

Domantas Sabonis feels Sacramento Kings have a chance to build "something special" after making the move from Indiana Pacers.

The Kings return to action on Thursday with a home game against Denver Nuggets in their first game after the All-Star break.  Sacramento are 167/100 to win in the Money Line and the Nuggets can be backed at 25/48.

Trade arrivals boost Kings

Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday joined the Kings in a trade that sent Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield to Indiana.  Tristan Thompson was also included in the trade but he has since joined Chicago Bulls.

Sacramento sit in 13th place in the Western Conference but they are not out of the race for postseason involvement just yet, with Portland Trail Blazers three-and-a-half games ahead of them in the final play-in spot.

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Rising stock in Sacremento

The Kings haven't reached the playoffs since 2006 and have the NBA's longest ongoing postseason drought, although Sabonis feels his new team are now in the ascendancy.

"Everybody wants to share the ball. We're playing tough, playing aggressive, and I'm really excited for these last 22 [regular season] games we have," the 25-year-old Lithuanian said, via Sportsnaut.

"This is a great start to begin building something special. We have a lot of talented vets, a lot of young guys that are just motivated to do the right things."

Sabonis, a two-time All-Star, has made a strong start to his career in Sacramento and is averaging 17.3 points-per-game, 11.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists after four games.

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