February 9, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings small forward Donte Greene (far left), power forward DeMarcus Cousins (second from right), and guard Marcus Thornton (far right) during the fourth quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Kings defeated the Thunder 106-101. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Kings (19-40) at Thunder (42-16), 8:00 P.M. EST tip


Thunder (1-game losing streak)
107.3 Offensive Efficiency (1st)
99.7 Defensive Efficiency (9th)
95.5 Pace (6th)
57.0 True Shooting % (1st)
51.4 Rebound Rate (4th)

Kings (6-game losing streak)
100.3 Offensive Efficiency (22nd)
106.4 Defensive Efficiency (28th)
97.4 Pace (1st)
50.8 True Shooting % (27th)
49.0 Rebound Rate (23rd)

With the race for the number-one seed in the West tightening, it should put a smile on Thunder fans that they get to play the Sacramento Kings three more times this season.

Tonight, Oklahoma City will play the Kings for the second time this season, the Thunder lost in the first meeting 106-101 as Sacramento rallied back in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 60 points in that game but the Thunder also turned the ball over 23 times and gave up 17 offensive rebounds to the Kings.

The Kings are going through a tough stretch right now eliminated from the playoffs and having lost their last six.

DeMarcus Cousins who had a nine-game stretch not too long ago averaging over 26 points per game has only averaged 12.8 points per game over his last five.

The Thunder have lost four of their last seven games with all of the losses coming at the hands of playoff teams – Memphis, Miami, Indiana and L.A. Clippers.

Oklahoma City is only a half game up of the San Antonio Spurs for the top seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder have a slightly easier schedule remaining than San Antonio.

Tonight is the last home game for awhile for Oklahoma City who will go on a five-game road trip beginning tomorrow night.

A win tonight is important and shouldn’t be too tough. Limiting turnovers and keeping the Kings off the glass will no doubt be the emphasis.

Durant and Westbrook combined to shoot 10-of-35 last game against the Clippers. It would be nice to see both get back their shooting rhythm tonight against a Kings team that probably won’t put up too much of a fight.

Tags: Demarcus Cousins Kevin Durant NBA Playoffs Russell Westbrook Sacramento Kings San Antonio Spurs

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