Oklahoma City Thunder (33-26) at Sacramento Kings (18-39)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Golden 1 Center)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +7.5 -- Over/Under: 214 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Sacramento Kings meet Thursday in NBA action at the Golden 1 Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder need a victory here after losing six of their last nine games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 106.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 103.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.4 points and 10.4 assists while Paul George is averaging 22.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 9.1 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five of their last eight road games.
The Sacramento Kings also need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 98.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Zach Randolph is averaging 14.6 points and seven rebounds while Buddy Hield is averaging 12.5 points and 1.5 assists. Willie Cauley-Stein is the third double-digit scorer and De'Aaron Fox is dishing 4.3 assists. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.3 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have lost six of their last seven home games.
The Thunder are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Kings are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games, 6-15 ATS in their last 21 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Thunder are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the under is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings.
The all-star break can do wonders for a team, as it gives guys a chance to clear their head and get back to playing ball at the level they should be playing. There's no question the Oklahoma City Thunder are better than the Sacramento Kings, but OKC is also a team that headed into the break in a major funk and is just 7-13 ATS when favored by at least seven points. The Sacramento Kings don't have a lot of wins, but they compete and have not only covered four of their last five overall, but they're 18-12 ATS when an underdog by at least seven points. Give me the free bcukets here until OKC can play consistent ball.