Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #49 Preview: Kings

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 9 PM CT

Location: Golden 1 Center (Sacramento, California)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder (28-20) is finally entering what many consider to be an easy stretch of games after a slew of tough ones. Out of the Thunder’s 7 remaining games leading into the All-Star Break, only one of their opponents is currently in a playoff position.

Tonight, the Thunder takes on the Sacramento Kings (17-29) on the road. The Kings edged the Thunder 94-93 in the first meeting of the season back on December 11th after OKC gave up a double-digit fourth quarter lead.

The Thunder is coming off of a 10-point loss to the Mavericks, breaking OKC’s 5-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Kings are fresh off a 27-point comeback win in overtime against the Minnesota Timberwolves that, according to the NBA’s Last 2 Minute Report, should not have counted due to a lane violation on a missed free throw turned putback by De’Aaron Fox.

Regardless of previous games, the Thunder needs to walk into Sacramento and take care of business. OKC owned the Kings for the majority of the first decade of the Thunder franchise, but Sacramento has won 4 of the last 5 matchups. That needs to change tonight.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Chris Paul
  • SG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SF: Luguentz Dort
  • PF: Danilo Gallinari
  • C: Steven Adams

Kings

  • PG: De’Aaron Fox
  • SG: Bogdan Bogdanović
  • SF: Harrison Barnes
  • PF: Nemanja Bjelica
  • C: Dewayne Dedmon

Injuries

Thunder

  • Terrance Ferguson (personal reasons) is OUT.
  • Abdel Nader (left ankle sprain) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Kings

  • Marvin Bagley III (left foot soreness) is OUT.
  • Richaun Holmes (right shoulder soreness) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 30-11 against the Kings (17-3 at home, 13-8 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the regular season series against the Kings 9 times, lost it once, and tied it once.
  • The Thunder went 1-3 against the Kings last season (0-2 at home, 1-1 on the road).

Game Notes

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