Oklahoma City Thunder (19-10, 7-7 away)

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Sacramento Kings (16-14, 7-6 home)

Wednesday, December 19 :: 9:00 p.m. CST :: Golden 1 Center (17,608)
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 5-point favorites. The over/under is 224.
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Game Notes: Thunder: here | Kings: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder have righted their wrongs after losing 3-of-4 last week. They’ve won two in a row as they travel to the California capital to take on the Sacramento Kings.
  • Tonight is Game 3 against the Kings. Oklahoma City is 0-2 against Sacramento this season. They’re not the old fashioned Kings. They’re good. This is the most games Sacramento has been over .500 since the 2004-05 season. They won 50 games that season.
  • Sacramento is led by De’Aaron Fox. He’s only in his second year but the kid is really good. He’s one of the best point guards in the NBA.
  • Oklahoma City is coming off a 121-96 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

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 are 16-14 on the season, good enough for eighth in the Western Conference playoff race.
  • In their last 10 games, the Kings are 6-4.
  • In their previous game, the Kings fell 132-105 to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
  • All-time against the Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City is 145-88.
  • Since the Thunder relocated to Oklahoma City, the Thunder are 29-10 against the Kings.
  • When the Thunder play in Sacramento, Oklahoma City is 12-8.
  • Last time these two met, the Kings escaped with a 117-113 win on Nov. 19.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Marvin Bagley III (bone bruise) is out.
    Iman Shumpert (hip contusion) is questionable.
    Bogdan Bogdanovic (sore foot) is questionable.
  • 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 104-83 loss on Jan. 7, 2015.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out

UNIFORM WATCH

NEXT UP

  • The Thunder have a showdown against the Utah Jazz on Saturday, Dec. 22 in Salt Lake City.
  • Oklahoma City then plays the Timberwolves at 7 p.m. on Sunday for another SEGABA.
  • The Thunder round out the Christmas week with a game in Houston against the Rockets at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.

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

Defend

The Thunder can’t let the Kings go bananas from three again. Buddy Hield and Iman Shumpert blew up Oklahoma City last time, going 9-of-20 from deep. The Thunder cannot let that happen again. If Shumpert and Bogan Bogdanovic doesn’t play, it’ll help Oklahoma City. However, if they play, the Thunder have to defend.

Free throws

Oklahoma City’s free throws are huge reasons why they’ve let some games slip this season. They have to make their free throws. It’s simple and just to the point. Make your free throws and you have more of a chance to win some games. Miss them and put yourself behind the 8-ball, yet again.

Bench

Dennis Schröder and Alex Abrines have to step up. Abrines didn’t play last time and Schröder was an abysmal 3-of-17 from the floor. I’m sure just the presence of Abrines will help. However, Schröder goes through these slumps. Oklahoma City needs him to have at least an average game tonight.

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