Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Sacramento Kings - 1/19/14
Sacramento Kings (14-24) at Oklahoma City Thunder (30-10)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -8 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds
Kevin Durant the Oklahoma City Thunder square off against the visiting Sacramento Kings on Sunday night from Chesapeake Arena.
Head to head, the Kings are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Oklahoma City while the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Thunder are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 vs. NBA Pacific, but just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win. The Kings on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The Sacramento Kings aren't making the playoff this season, that much we know, but they sure do look dangerous these days. While this team will still frustrate the hell out of you, like losing consecutive home games to Charlotte and Philadelphia by double-digits or losing in Indiana by 24 points (although the Pacers are blowing everyone out at the moment), they are still capable of beating any team in the NBA on any given night. Just look at some of their wins since the start of December, they include: Portland, Miami, Dallas and Houston twice. That's a pretty impressive list for a team currently 10 games under .500.
For Oklahoma City, it's all about Kevin Durant as the MVP favorite continued his stellar play on Friday night, dropping a season-high 54 points in the Thunder's 127-121 win over the visiting Golden State Warriors. Durant is the main reason that Oklahoma City (30-10) has continued to be an elite team, despite the absence of Russell Westbrook. Durant has now scored at least 36 in three consecutive games and 30 or more in six straight while averaging 39.7 points. With Lebron James and the Miami Heat not having the best couple of weeks, the MVP award if there for the taking and you know Durant wants it, big time.
As good as Durant has been these past couple of weeks, that hasn't necessarily resulted in wins as the Thunder have won four of their last seven at home and are just 5-5 in their last 10 overall. The Kings did get blown out in Indiana to open their trip, however, they have been much better since, winning in Minnesota and then falling by a single point in Memphis on Friday night. I'll admit, I do get nervous when betting on, or against for that matter, the Sacramento Kings, because you don't really know what to expect. Still, I think Cousins, Gay and Thomas will find a way to stick around long enough to get the cover...
Dan’s Pick: Sacramento +8
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