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.
- 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).