Oklahoma City Thunder (0-2, 0-0, home)

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Sacramento Kings (0-2, 0-1 away)

Sunday, October 21 :: 6:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
TV Coverage: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27)
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
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Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 10-point favorites. The over/under is 215.5.
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Game Notes: Thunder: here | Kings: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Oklahoma City is looking to avoid their first 0-3 start since the 2014-15 season. That’s going to be a lot of markers for this team. That said, the Sacramento Kings are in town and are a streak buster. So, that’s good.
  • Oklahoma City is coming off a 108-92 loss to the LA Clippers on Friday night. The score was not indicative of the actual game. The score was 93-90 late in the fourth quarter but the Clips closed strong. The Thunder did not.
  • Sacramento is 0-2 on the season and are giving up almost 140 points per game. They did get up 149 on Friday night.
  • Oklahoma City has won 17 of their last 18 home games against Sacramento.

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.
  • Chris Fisher 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 went 27-55 last season, 12th in the Western Conference.
  • This season, the Kings are horrible defensively, giving up 123 and 149 in their first two games of the season.
  • Oklahoma City is 145-86 all-time against the Kings.
  • Since relocation, the Thunder are 29-8 against Sacramento.
  • When the Thunder play at home, they’re 17-1 all-time against the Kings.
  • In their last 10 games, they’re 6-4 overall.
  • When the last 10 are at the Peake, Oklahoma City is 9-1.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) is out.
    Kosta Koufos (hamstring) is out.
  • 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. SAC occurred during an 104-83loss on Jan. 7, 2015.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out
  • Russell Westbrook (knee) is a game-time decision.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City will play Celtics at home on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
  • Then, Oklahoma City will play the Pheonix Suns on Sunday at the Peake, a 6 p.m. tip off is scheduled.

WHAT’S IN A NAME

  • The Kings’ royal lineage stretches all the way back to the founding of the National Basketball League’s Rochester Royals in 1945.
  • Originally, the Kings were known as the Seagrams, you know the alcohol maker. That was the nickname of the Sacramento Kings, way back in the day (1923) when they were the Rochester Seagrams.
  • In 1945, a 15-year old by the name of Richard Paeth won an essay contest to name team.
  • The Royals retained their nickname after a move to Cincinnati in 1957 and became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings (soon dropping the Omaha) through a name-the-team contest in 1972.
  • The name remained unchanged when the franchise relocated to California in 1985.
  • Also, fun fact: Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner was drafted in the seventh round by the Kansas City Kings in 1977.



Three Keys to the Game

Rebound

Oklahoma City struggled rebounding on Thursday night, being outrebounded by a lot. Oklahoma City really struggled in the second half. The Thunder have to do better against the Kings tonight. If Westbrook plays, we know that’ll improve.

Free throws

It’s interesting how quickly the tide turned. Oklahoma City started out 9-of-10 but finished 15-of-27 from the free throw line. It sucks, sure. You have to be better. If you’re in the business of winning titles, you have to make your free throws. The Thunder were below average once against against the Clippers. It’s time for the Thunder to start making their free throws.

Bench

With three potential starters out, the Thunder’s bench is going to be short handed already. Everyone from Jerami Grant and Alex Abrines are going to be the two that need to step up tonight. If Westbrook plays, the bench will get a boost with Schröder going to the bench.

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