Oklahoma City Thunder at Sacramento Kings - 4/8/14
Oklahoma City Thunder (55-21) at Sacramento Kings (27-50)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-OK, CSN-CA
The Oklahoma City Thunder will have a chance to sweep the season series against the Sacramento Kings with a win on Tuesday night.
The Thunder head into this matchup losers of two straight, including a 122-115 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. The Thunder won’t be able to catch the Spurs for the first seed in the West, but now have to worry about dropping to the third seed with the Los Angeles Clippers on their back. On the season, the Thunder average 106.3 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allow 99.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Kevin Durant has scored no less than 27 points in 26 straight games, while the Thunder are shooting 39.3 percent from three in their last five. The OKC Thunder are 40-34-2 ATS overall and 18-19 ATS on the road.
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The Kings have lost five of their last seven games, but can play spoiler with a number of playoff teams remaining on the schedule. On the season, the Kings average 100.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allow 103.2 points on 46 percent shooting. While the Kings don’t have much going for them right now, Rudy Gay is shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three in his last five games. The Kings have allowed five of their last eight opponents to score 100-plus points, which isn’t good with the Thunder coming to town. The Sacramento Kings are 35-39-3 ATS overall and 16-22 ATS at home.
The Thunder are 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Kings are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The road team is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Not sure how motivated the Thunder are for this game and if everybody is even going to play. That's why I like the Kings to keep it closer than expected at home. The Thunder haven't covered the number in five straight road games and really have little to play for with the playoffs right around the corner.
Take the Kings and all of the points you can get.