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Sacramento Kings (7-14) vs. OKC Thunder (18-4) Preview


The Oklahoma City Thunder will look for their 10th straight win tonight as the host the Sacramento Kings.

The Thunder won three of four games vs. the Kings last season including all three meetings at the end of the year in April.

Kevin Durant averaged 29.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game vs. the Kings last season.

This season the Thunder are currently hotter than any team in the NBA while Sacramento’s roster has become the bud of many jokes.

During their 9-game winning streak, the Thunder have risen to the most efficient offense in the NBA while also being top 10 in defensive efficiency. The Kings are at the bottom offensively and defensively ranking 25th or worse in each.

The Kings will get starting center DeMarcus Cousins back tonight after he missed the last game serving a suspension for a low blow to O.J. Mayo a few nights ago. Cousins is Sacramento’s most talented player and scored 32 points vs. the Thunder in one of the meetings last year.

The Kings have taken over the last place spot in terms of assist ratio that the Thunder held last year. While OKC made up for it with superior isolation play last season, the Kings don’t quite achieve that level this year and their low assist totals are a big reason why they aren’t winning.

The Thunder survived a little scare in their last game coming from behind in the final quarter to beat the New Orleans Hornets. That was a sort of wakeup call for the Thunder who hadn’t gotten slightly comfortable in their winning streak.

Just two days removed from playing, expect a better performance from OKC tonight hosting Sacramento.

The game will tip-off at 8 p.m. EST.

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