Tip-Off: 6 PM CT
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal
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.
- PG: Russell Westbrook
- SG: Terrance Ferguson
- SF: Paul George
- PF: Patrick Patterson
- C: Steven Adams
- PG: Yogi Ferrell
- SG: De’Aaron Fox
- SF: Buddy Hield
- PF: Nemanja Bjelica
- C: Willie Cauley-Stein
- Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.
- Bogdan Bogdanovic (left knee post-procedure recovery) is OUT.
- 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.
- 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