Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #11 Preview: Sacramento Kings

Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Paycom Center (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: Bally Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @ZacharyLowNBA for live-tweets and discussion during the game

It’s hard to tell if the Oklahoma City Thunder are even trying to tank after grabbing a 108-100 win on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. The win was OKC’s third in a row and puts the Thunder at 4-6 on the season. Last season, the Thunder had just one 3-game winning streak, and that was the longest of the season. Tonight, they have a chance to beat that mark when they host the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings have forever been in a young, rebuilding mode, yet they haven’t been able to get over the hump and even make it to the Playoffs. At 5-7, Sacramento is staying in postseason contention, and with the young star talent, they definitely could push their way into a better spot, but they just haven’t been able to do that over the years.

Tonight’s game should be a fun matchup between a litany of young stars, specifically OKC’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox. I would pretty much guarantee that whoever has the better game between the two of them will likely be on the side of victory as the final buzzer sounds.

Projected Starters


  • PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SG: Luguentz Dort
  • SF: Josh Giddey
  • PF: Darius Bazley
  • C: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl


  • PG: De’Aaron Fox
  • SG: Tyrese Haliburton
  • SF: Harrison Barnes
  • PF: Maurice Harkless
  • C: Richaun Holmes



  • Vit Krejci is OUT (G League – on assignment).
  • Theo Maledon is OUT (G League – on assignment).
  • Isaiah Roby is OUT (G League – on assignment).
  • Paul Watson is OUT (G League – two-way).
  • Aaron Wiggins is OUT (G League – two-way).


  • Terence Davis is QUESTIONABLE (sore left ankle).
  • Tyrese Haliburton is QUESTIONABLE (tightness in lower back).
  • Louis King is OUT (G League – two-way).
  • Neemias Queta is OUT (G League – two-way).
  • Robert Woodard II is OUT (G League – on assignment).


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 32-15 against the Kings (18-4 at home, 14-11 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the regular season series against the Kings 10 times, lost it twice, and tied it once.
  • The Thunder went 0-3 against the Kings last season (0-1 at home, 0-2 on the road).

Game Notes

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