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OKC Thunder (33-10) vs. Sacramento Kings (16-27) Preview


The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to bounce back from a loss for just the 10th time this season. In the previous nine instances, they won eight times.

The Thunder are on the road for the fifth straight game tonight vs. the Sacramento Kings who aren’t exactly the toughest competition out there. Sacramento has lost two straight coming into tonight and have won three of their last 10 games.

The Thunder’s loss two nights ago at Golden State came in spite of a huge effort from Kevin Durant in which he had 33 points and nine assists. Durant and the Thunder were unable to get much offense down the stretch however. Maybe it was the fact that it was their second game in two nights or that Durant was doubled on every touch and shots from role players simply weren’t falling.

Either way, the Thunder don’t like losing twice in a row. Only the Miami Heat made them do that this season.

The Kings come into the game giving up more points per 100 possessions than any team in the league. And they are playing the team that scores more points per 100 possessions than any team in the league. That is a big disadvantage and why the Thunder should easily roll to a victory tonight.

This will be the second meeting between these two teams this season. Oklahoma City won at home back on Dec. 14 113-103.

Durant had 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting in that game. Russell Westbrook had 13 points and 13 assists and Kevin Martin and Serge Ibaka each scored 18 points.

The Thunder shot 49.4 percent from the field for the game and got 14 offensive rebounds. If they come close to replicating that tonight, the Kings will have no chance.

DeMarcus Cousins was held to just 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting in the first meeting. Isaiah Thomas was a huge spark off the bench scoring 26 points and forcing the Thunder starters to return to the game late in the fourth after they had thought the game was in hand.

It’s never easy to win on the road in this league but then again it’s never difficult to beat the Kings. Coming off a loss, OKC isn’t likely to mail it in tonight and they should be well on their way to their 34th win of the season.

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