Oklahoma City Thunder (39-29, 25-9 home) vs. Sacramento Kings (27-41, 13-20 away)
Saturday, March 18 :: 2:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD)
Online Stream: here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 12½-point favorite. O/U is 216
Notes: Thunder: here | Kings: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- The fighting Russell Westbrooks are tearing it up and have won four in a row as Oklahoma City welcomes the Sacramento Kings into town.
- The Kings are only 2-8 in their last 10 games, but they’ve won two straight.
- Oklahoma City and Sacramento have split the two regular season meetings.
- Sacramento beat Suns on Thursday night 107-101.
- The Thunder thumped the Raptors 123-102 on Thursday evening.
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).
WIN OVER THE RAPTORS HIGHLIGHTS
- In a wire-to-wire victory, the outscored the Raptors 39-22 in the third quarter as the OKC ballooned to as many as 32 points in the second half. The 21-point victory represented the largest road win of the season for the Thunder.
- Oklahoma City recorded a season-high 33 assists, including 16 from Russell Westbrook. He turned in his fourth consecutive triple-double, and the 34th of the season. The Thunder is now 5-0 this season when six or more players score in double figures.
- Andre Roberson scored 13 points, his 15th game with 10-plus points this season. He was one of seven players scored in double figures for the Thunder.
- Oklahoma City shot 56.0 percent (14-of-25) from beyond the 3-point arc.
SCOUTING THE KINGS
- The Sacramento Kings are 27-41 on the season, 13th in the Western conference.
- The Kings are 2-8 in their last 10 games.
- Sacramento has won two straight after dropping eight in a row.
- Oklahoma City is 25-7 all-time against Sacramento.
- At the Peake, the Thunder are 14-1 vs. the Kings.
- Oklahoma City hasn’t lost at home to Sacramento since Jan. 4, 2016.
- The Kings beat the Suns 107-101 on Thursday night.
- The Thunder are 1-1 vs. Sacramento this season.
- Rudy Gay (achilles) is out for the season.
- 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 71 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
- 20 of the 71 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, Minnesota, 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.
- Westbrook is fifth all-time in triple-doubles.
ALL-TIME TRIPLE-DOUBLE LIST
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- 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.
- Oklahoma City welcomes the Durant-less Warriors into the Peake on Monday.
- The Warriors are 54-14 on the season, best in the NBA.
- Golden State is only 5-5 in their last 10 games.
- Oklahoma City is 0-3 vs. the Warriors this season with a combine margin of defeat of 21.0 points per game.
- Golden State will play the Bucks tonight before coming to Oklahoma City.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Defend the three
Oklahoma City opponents are shooting 33.8 percent when the Thunder are at home. Oklahoma City must defend the three better if they’re going to win this one. In their last meeting, Sacramento is shooting over 39 percent in their first two meetings with the Thunder. Must be better this time around.
Make your free throws
Oklahoma City ranks 23rd in free throw shooting at 74.7 percent. The Thunder have to make their free throws. When they were winning games, Oklahoma City makes only 72 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 Toronto thumping on Thursday night. This is a really good time for the Thunder dominate the Kings and get some real confidence as Oklahoma City continues to fight for playoff positioning.