Oklahoma City Thunder (24-17; 22-18-1 ATS: 17-24 O/U) vs. Sacramento Kings (16-23; 20-17-1 ATS; 16-22 O/U)
NBA: Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 9:00pm EST
Line: Oklahoma City PK
The Sacramento Kings will host the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Western Conference battle Sunday night from the Golden 1 Center . The Thunder fell 96-86 to the Timberwolves in their latest action, and the Kings are coming off a 120-108 home loss to the Cavaliers. The Kings beat the Thunder 116-101 at home in November.
Thunder Score Season-Low 86 Points in Loss
The Oklahoma City Thunder could not get their shots to fall in their 96-86 road loss to Minnesota on Friday night. The Thunder only shot 38% from the field and went 3 for 20 from beyond the arc in their season low 86 point offensive output. Russell Westbrook still managed to notch another triple-double, scoring 21 points with 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Westbrook has now recorded 19 triple-doubles which is the most in a season since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968. The star point guard continues to lead the NBA in scoring, averaging 30.8 points per game. Westbrook shined in the Thunder’s loss to the Kings in November, scoring 31 points and came one assist shy of a triple-double. Enes Kanter continued his hot play in the loss, collecting 21 points and eight rebounds, and is now averaging 17.4 points per game over his last ten games. The 6-foot-11 center is now third in team scoring with 14.1 points per game. The Thunder had their three game winning streak snapped in the loss to Minnesota and are playing the second game of a six-game road trip.
Oklahoma City features a strong offense that is now averaging 106.3 points per game, good for 10th in the NBA, and own a 45.9 field goal percentage. The Thunder are allowing an average of 104.5 points per game, positioning them 15th overall.
Kings Turnovers Costly in Loss to Cavs
The Sacramento Kings shot the ball well but played sloppy basketball which was the deciding factor in their 120-108 home loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night. The Kings shot a solid 52.5% from the field, and even out-rebounded the Cavaliers in the loss, however they committed 21 turnovers. DeMarcus Cousins led the way offensively, sinking 26 points along with 11 assists, notching his fourth consecutive double-double. The 26-year old power forward is having a tremendous season, averaging a team-leading 28 points per game, along with ten rebounds. Cousins was able to score 36 points in the Kings win over OKC in November. The Kings are glad to get Rudy Gay back in the lineup after missing ten games. Gay has played well in three of his four games since his return, which included a 23-point effort in the loss to Cleveland. The ten-year veteran is now averaging 18.5 points per game, and will add scoring punch to a team that desperately needs it. The Kings have not played well in their new arena, currently 1 -4 on their current seven game home stand, and own an 8-11 home record on the season.
Sacramento is now scoring an average of 104.2 points per game, ranking them down at 22nd overall, and are shooting 45.2% as a team. The Kings are now allowing an average of 105.1 points per game, placing them 18th in the NBA.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after a straight up loss.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record.
The Sacramento Kings are:
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games after scoring 100 or more points in their previous game.
I am taking the Thunder in this contest. The Kings have not played well at home as of late, losing five out of their last six home games and the Thunder usually rebound with a good offensive effort after a weak performance in their prior game. Sacramento has struggled on defense as of late, allowing an average of 110 points per game over their last seven games, so I really like the Thunder in a pick’em.
Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder PK
The Thunder have slowed down a bit on the offensive end over their last few games but Sacramento will give up a lot of points so OKC should get back on track offensively, and the over is 4-0 in the Kings last four games against a team with a winning record. Sacramento was able to score 116 points against the Thunder in November, and the Thunder are another team that will give up points, plus the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings between these two teams.