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Game Day #59: Kings at Thunder

Sacramento Kings (19-40, 5-25 away) at Oklahoma City Thunder (42-16, 24-6 home)

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Where: The ‘Peake!
When: 7:00 p.m.
TV:  FSOK (DirectTV 679, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 754)
Online Stream: Here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Projected Lineups:

Thunder Kings
PG Russell Westbrook Tyreke Evans
SG Thabo Sefolosha Isaiah Thomas
SF Kevin Durant Marcus Thornton
PF Serge Ibaka DeMarcus Cousins
C Kendrick Perkins Jason Thompson
6th Man James Harden Jimmer Fredette

Last time: The Kings stunned the Thunder with a 106-101 win in Sac-Town.

The Thunder are coming off a very disappointing loss to the Clippers in which Oklahoma City led by double-digits multiple times throughout the game. However, tonight is a new night. Kings are in town, and It’s Friday Night in the big town!

Things could be different with a rematch in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder have won all five meetings by an average of 13.4 points since moving from Seattle. Oklahoma City is 24-6 at home, while the Kings are 5-25 on the road.

To avoid losing another game to Sacramento, however, Durant and Westbrook need to regain their shooting touch.

Durant, who missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds Wednesday, has averaged 21.3 points — 6.2 less than his season average — on 38.8 percent shooting in his last three games.

Westbrook, who averages 24.2 points, misfired on 11 of 14 shots against the Clippers and has shot less than 35.0 percent in each of the past four losses.

Kings are losers of their last six games. Also, losers of their last 11 of 13. It’s almost as if the Kings have just given up on the season. It’s not an extreme thought to say that. They’re 21 games under .500 and all six of their losing streak have been by seven or more points.

The Kings are also suddenly struggling offensively as they arrive in Oklahoma City. They’ve scored 96 points or fewer in four of their last five after reaching triple digits in 11 of their previous 12.

In Wednesday’s 105-96 loss to conference-worst New Orleans, Sacramento was within four with 4:06 remaining before allowing the Hornets to score nine of the game’s final 13 points.

Kings are losers of their last six games. Also, losers of their last 11 of 13. It’s almost as if the Kings have just given up on the season. It’s not an extreme thought to say that. They’re 21 games under .500 and all six of their losing streak have been by seven or more points.

Oklahoma City is about to embark on a five game road trip starting tomorrow at the Timberwolves.

Keys to the game

Turnovers
Kings had 28 points off 23 Thunder turnovers. That helped account for 22 extra shot for the Kings. You must be more careful with the ball against teams like this. You cannot give them extra opportunities.

Offensive Rebounds
Also attributing to the extra 22 shots for the Kings were offensive rebounds. The Thunder allowed 17 offensive rebounds, also accounting for 17 extra points.

Score points
The Thunder are the second highest scoring team in the Western Conference. Kings allow the most points. Enough said. Let’s go Thunder!

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