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Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #3 Preview | Sacramento Kings

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 6 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: FSOK

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @TheThunderGuys for live-tweets during the game

The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped to 0-2 to start the season after a pretty embarrassing performance against the Clippers in Los Angeles on Friday night. Russell Westbrook could return to the starting lineup tonight (**update: HE IS**), but even if he doesn’t, the Thunder should pick up a win over the 0-2 Kings in Oklahoma City for the home opener.

The Kings were handed a 20-point loss to the Pelicans in New Orleans Friday night in a 149-129 high-scoring affair. The Kings have a lot of young talent, but they don’t have much in the area of veteran leadership. Oklahoma City should look to exploit this advantage.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Patrick Patterson
  • C: Steven Adams

Kings

  • PGYogi Ferrell
  • SG: De’Aaron Fox
  • SF: Buddy Hield
  • PF: Nemanja Bjelica
  • C: Willie Cauley-Stein

Injuries

Thunder

  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Kings

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (left knee post-procedure recovery) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 29-8 against the Kings (17-1 at home, 12-7 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won five of the last six matchups with the Kings.
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the regular season series against the Kings nine times and tied it once.
  • The Thunder won last year’s regular season series with the Kings 3-1.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder and the Kings both dropped their season openers.
  • This is the home opener for Oklahoma City, while Sacramento is 0-1 on the road.
  • The Thunder and the Kings are just two of the seven remaining teams in the NBA without a win.
  • Oklahoma City and Sacramento are both 0-2 against the Western Conference.
  • The Thunder is 9-1 in home openers.
  • Oklahoma City is averaging 96.0 points per game, the lowest in the entire NBA, while shooting a league-low 36.0% from the field and 29th-ranked 24.3% from three.
  • Sacramento is third in the NBA in field goal percentage (51.8%) and ninth in three-point percentage (38.6%), but they have one of the worst defenses in the league so far.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Sacramento Kings Official Game Notes

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