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Thunder vs Kings NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder at Sacramento Kings
- Where: Sacramento at Golden 1 Center
- Date: Friday, January 20th
- Betting Odds SAC -2, OKC +133 | SAC -161 O/U OFF
So far, the Thunder have put together an overall record of 22-23, while going 29-16-0 vs the spread. Oklahoma City has posted an average scoring differential of 15.75 points per game across their currrent 4 game win streak.
The Thunder will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Pacers by a score of 126-106. Heading into the game, they were 3 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Oklahoma City was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Pacers to cut into their 14 point halftime lead. Leading the team in scoring was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 41.2% of his shots.
So far, the Kings have put together an overall record of 25-18, while going 24-18-1 vs the spread. The Kings entered today’s game having picked up 5 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 17.6 points per game.
The Kings are coming off a 116-111 win over the Lakers. This win came despite entering the game as the 2 point underdogs. Sacramento went on to win the game, as they led by 1 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was De’Aaron Fox, as he contributed 31 points while hitting 56.5% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Going back to last season, the Kings took the season series 3-1. This mark came while posting a mark of 2-0 as the host team. Similar to their season-long average, the Thunder averaged 107.25 points per game vs the Kings. On the other side, Sacramento saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Thunder, as they averaged 116.0 points per game in these matchups. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Kings have an average scoring margin of +10 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-1-1. Over the course of these games, they averaged 224 points per game, leading a 4-1 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Oklahoma City offense is the 7th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.0 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Thunder will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.1 made 3’s per game. Although Oklahoma City has struggled with their outside shot, they have done a good job taking care of the ball, averaging just 13.4 turnovers per game.
Defensively, Oklahoma City has had its problems giving up an average of 111.83 points per game (15th).
On offense, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the Thunder in scoring at 30.5 points per game, placing him 5th in the NBA. Overall, Gilgeous-Alexander has hit 50.1% of his shots while accounting for 21.6% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 11th in points allowed to point-guards. At 16.0 points per game, Josh Giddey is the 2nd leading scorer for the Thunder. For the season, he is 114th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 48.3%.
Sacramento will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 119.9 points per game (1st). The Kings come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.6 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 101.1 possessions per contest.
Currently, the Kings defense is ranked 29th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.77 points per game vs the unit.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Domantas Sabonis who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 18.9 points per game. At the time of this article, Sabonis is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 5th on the team in usage rate and is 24th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Sacramento benefit from having both of their top scorers as De’Aaron Fox leads the team and is 24th in the league in scoring (24.0). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 8th in points allowed to point-guards.
Thunder vs Kings Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Thunder +2
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF