Game #44 Preview | Sacramento Kings

Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

Television: FSOK

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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Oklahoma City was able to snap its three-game losing streak on Saturday with a close win over the Hornets in Charlotte, and despite a solid second half, there are still plenty of areas that need to see improvement. The Thunder has not played a full game of solid defense in a while, but tonight’s matchup with the Sacramento Kings is one where they could easily do that.

Last time these two teams met, the Thunder’s downfall was their inability to knockdown shots. Despite grabbing a season-high tying 16 steals, Oklahoma City shot a season-low 37.7% from the field. The Kings are one of only two teams in the league that scores under 100 points, and they are dead last.

Sacramento’s defense is not that great either, giving up 106.8 points per game, which is 19th in the NBA. Their league-worst -8.9 point differential should spell an easy win for Oklahoma City tonight, but Thunder fans know better than to assume any game is an automatic win.

Projected Starters


  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Carmelo Anthony
  • C: Steven Adams


  • PG: De’Aaron Fox
  • SG: George Hill
  • SF: Garrett Temple
  • PF: Zach Randolph
  • C: Willie Cauley-Stein



  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendonitis) is OUT.


  • Harry Giles (bi-lateral knee rehab) is OUT.
  • Frank Mason III (right plantar fascia partial tear) is OUT.


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 26-8 against the Kings (15-1 at home, 11-7 on the road).
  • After winning 21 of the first 24 matchups between Oklahoma City and Sacramento, the Thunder has split the last 10 games with the Kings.
  • The Thunder is 0-1 against the Kings so far this season.
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the regular season series against the Kings eight times and tied it once.
  • The Thunder won last year’s regular season series with the Kings 2-1.
  • The Thunder recorded 16 steals against the Kings in Sacramento on November 7, which is tied for the most steals by the Thunder all season.
  • The Thunder shot a season-low 37.7% from the field against the Kings in Sacramento on November 7.

Game Notes

  • Oklahoma City snapped a three-game losing streak when they defeated the Hornets in Charlotte on Saturday, while the Kings have lost four consecutive outings.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-5 in the last 10 games, while Sacramento is 2-8.
  • Oklahoma City is 14-7 at home, while Sacramento is 6-16 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 13-13 against the Western Conference, while Sacramento is is 8-16.
  • Oklahoma City is 13-12 coming off of one day of rest, while Sacramento is 8-14 coming off of one day of rest.
  • Tonight will be Andre Roberson’s eight consecutive game to sit with injury. The Thunder is 3-4 in those games. The Thunder is 4-5 on the season when Roberson does not play.
  • Russell Westbrook has shot at least 50% from the floor in 10 of the Thunder’s last 15 games after hitting that mark only five times in Oklahoma City’s first 28 games.
  • After shooting a combined 21/30 (70%) for 55 points against the Lakers and Clippers in back-to-back nights, Paul George has shot an awful 24/60 (40%) for 71 points in the last four games.

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Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to like us on Facebook.

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