Game Day #63: Thunder at Kings

Oklahoma City Thunder (45-17, 20-11 away) at Sacramento Kings (20-42, 15-16 home)


Where: Power Balance Pavilion – Sacramento, CA!
When: 9:00 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 Thunder destroyed the Kings 115-89.

The Thunder continue a five-game trip Friday night when they look to hand the Kings a ninth loss in 10 games in what could be the penultimate contest at Power Balance Pavilion.

Oklahoma City trails San Antonio by one-half game for the West’s best record. The Spurs hold the tiebreaker over the Thunder and would have to lose twice and have Oklahoma City win out to drop into the No. 2 slot.

That scenario seems unlikely with San Antonio winning by an average of 18.2 points during a five-game run that includes Wednesday’s 127-102 victory at Sacramento.

Sacramento and Oklahoma City have split two meetings with two remaining, but it’s hard to envision the Kings being competitive based on the last one. The Thunder won 115-89 at home last Friday as they led by as many as 32 points and held a 58-41 edge on the glass.

Oklahoma City began this trip the next night by beating Minnesota before losing Monday to the Clippers. The Thunder got back on track with Wednesday’s 109-97 victory over Phoenix behind James Harden’s career-high 40 points.

Harden had not scored more than 17 in any of his previous 10 games.

“James obviously had a terrific game,” coach Scott Brooks said. “He had everything going. He had his mid-range, he had his 3 and he had his free throw game on tonight.”

MVP candidate Kevin Durant had 29 points and 11 boards for his 17th double-double.

“It was a really, really good win,” Durant said, “a really good bounce-back win for us and against a team that’s trying to get every win to get into the playoffs.”

Russell Westbrook could be facing the perfect opponent to recover against after totaling 24 points on 10-of-32 shooting in his last two games. Westbrook is averaging 27.5 points on 56.8 percent shooting against Sacramento this season.

Keys to the Game

Limit Turnovers
In the first match up in Sacramento, Oklahoma City Turned the ball over excessively, allowing the Kings to stay in the ball game. They held on to it in OKC. Big difference in Margin of victory.

Offensive rebounds
As like turnovers, offensive boards were huge in the turn around in OKC. I would expect this to play a key part in it again tonight

Russell Westbrook
Westbrook has been in a bit of a scoring slump lately. However, He’s averaing 27.5 ppg on 56.8% shooting against the Kings this year.

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