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Thunder Game Day #42: at Sacramento Kings

Oklahoma City Thunder (24-17, 9-11 away) vs. Sacramento Kings (16-23, 8-11 home)
Sunday, Jan. 15 :: 8:00 p.m. CST :: Golden 1 Center (17,608)

Thunder Game Day #42: at Sacramento Kingsvs. Thunder Digest

TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD)
Online Streamhere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 1.5-point favorite. O/U is 212
Notes: Thunder: here | Kings: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Despite losing to Minnesota on Friday night, the Thunder have won three of four games and they welcome on the challenge of the Sacramento Kings.
  • The Kings are only 4-6 in their last 10 games and lost to Cleveland on Friday night 120-108.
  • Sacramento beat the Thunder 116-101 in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the score insisted.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • You can catch the radio on Oklahoma City’s WWLS, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto will be your play-by-play voice. If you’re in Tulsa, catch it on 1450 AM.
  • Brian Davis and Michael Cage call the game on the Thunder’s flagship station, Fox Sports Oklahoma. You can watch the game there, catch it on NBA League Pass, or use the Fox Sports App (If you’re in Oklahoma)

SCOUTING THE KINGS

  • The Sacramento Kings are 16-23 in the regular season, ninth in the Western Conference.
  • In their last 10 games, the Kings are 4-6.
  • Sacramento beat the Thunder 116-101 on Nov. 23, 2016.
  • Oklahoma City has dropped the last two against the Kings and haven’t beat them since Feb. 29, 2016.
  • The Thunder are 24-7 all-time vs. the Kings.
  • Oklahoma City is 10-6 all-time in Sacramento.
  • Sacramento is relatively healthy.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Sacramento came on Feb, 15, 2011, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 126-96 (30-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (21 points) vs. the Kings occurred during an 83-104 loss on Jan. 7, 2015.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS

  • Russell Westbrook has 56 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
  • 16 of the 56 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, and Philadelphia. He has four against each team.
  • Russell Westbrook seven triple-doubles in a row this season is the most since 1989 when Jordan had seven in a row and 10 in 11 games.

INJURY REPORT

  • Oklahoma City is relatively healthy.

50 IS NIFTY

  • On March 24, the Thunder claimed a 22-point home victory over the Jazz and in the process, OKC recorded the team’s 50th win of the season.
  • Oklahoma City has now finished with a winning percentage of .610 (equivalent to 50 wins) six times dating back to the 2009-10 season.
  • Only the San Antonio Spurs (seven seasons with .610 winning percentage), have reached that benchmark more during this period.

STILL GOOD ODDS

  • According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the eighth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
  • They have the fifth best odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City travels to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Monday night.
  • The Clippers are 28-14, fourth in the Western Conference
  • Oklahoma City is 2-1 vs. L.A. this season.
  • The Clippers beat the Lakers 113-97 on Saturday night.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Defend the three

Oklahoma City opponents are shooting 38.1 percent when the Thunder are on the road. Oklahoma City must defend the three better if they’re going to have a chance in this one. In their last meeting, Sacramento went 12-of-28 from deep, over 42 percent. Must be better this time around.

Make your free throws

Oklahoma City ranks 27th in free throw shooting at 73.6 percent. The Thunder have to make their free throws. When they were winning games, Oklahoma City makes only 78.6 percent of their tries in January. Oklahoma City has done a better job this month to improve at the charity stripe.

Flex your muscles

Oklahoma City needs to come out and assert themselves against Kings tonight, especially after the T-Wolves loss Friday night. This is a really good time for the Thunder dominate the Kings and get some real confidence as they’ve lost six of their last 10 games.

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