Oklahoma City Thunder (1-game winning streak)
107.2 Offensive Efficiency (2nd)
99.7 Defensive Efficiency (9th)
95.7 Pace (6th)
56.7 True Shooting % (1st)
51.6 Rebound Rate (3rd)
Sacramento Kings (1-game losing streak)
100.3 Offensive Efficiency (22nd)
107.1 Defensive Efficiency (29th)
97.3 Pace (1st)
50.8 True Shooting % (27th)
48.8 Rebound Rate (24th)
The Thunder have put themselves into a position where they need to win just about every game here on out to capture the one-seed in the Western Conference. They have four games left and two are against the Kings.
The Thunder beat Sacramento last week 115-89 pretty easily. Kevin Durant scored 29 points in that game and Russell Westbrook 22. The starters weren’t needed in the fourth quarter.
Turnovers were a problem for the Thunder the first time they played the Kings this season but they did a good job last game with only 14.
The Kings are pretty much in tank mode the rest of this season but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t have a huge night from DeMarcus Cousins or Tyreke Evans and make this one close.
James Harden broke out of his semi-slump in the Thunder’s last game against Phoenix as he scored a career-high 40 points on just 17 shots. The Thunder are going to need Harden playing at a high level with the playoffs right around the corner.
Westbrook has still been struggling though shooting 10-for-32 in his last two games but he has a good chance tonight to get back on track as he is shooting nearly 57 percent against the Kings this season.
The other story line would be Durant and his chase of LeBron James for the MVP award. Durant has put up big numbers against the Kings in the past and a 40- or 50-point game tonight would give Durant a much needed boost in the MVP race.