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Kings vs Thunder Pick – NBA Predictions & Odds 1/20/23

Oklahoma City Thunder (22-23) vs. Sacramento Kings (25-18)
January 20, 2023 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Sacramento Kings -3.5; Over/Under: +238
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The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to the Golden 1 Center to take on the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in great shape as they’ve won six of their last seven games and they will be gunning for a fifth straight victory after making light work of the shorthanded Pacers in a 126-106 home win on Wednesday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 23 points and six assists, Isaiah Joe added 23 points off the bench, Luguentz Dort scored 22 points with 11 rebounds while Josh Giddey chipped in with 16 points and 11 assists. As a team, the Thunder shot 50 percent from the field and 16 of 38 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 36 points in the first quarter to open up a double-digit lead which ballooned to 29 points in the third quarter where they exploded for 42 points.

Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings have been in great form as they’ve won eight of their last 11 games overall and they will be eager to build on their five-game win streak after sneaking past the Lakers in a 116-111 road win on Wednesday. De’Aaron Fox led the team with 31 points and six assists, Harrison Barnes added 20 points while Kevin Huerter chipped in with 18 points and eight assists. As a team, the Kings shot 49 percent from the field and nine of 30 from the 3-point line as they struggled to contain the Lakers early and leaked 39 points in the first quarter to trail by 14 points, but they clawed their way back and closed the final 50 seconds on an 8-3 run to escape with the narrow win in the end.

Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 41-19 ATS in their last 60 road games and 7-0 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Kings are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall, the Thunder are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Sacramento and the Thunder are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall.

The Thunder are still missing Aleksej Pokusevski and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, while the Kings have listed Alex Len, Domantas Sabonis and Matthew Delllavedova as questionable. We’re in for a good contest here as both teams are coming in with winning momentum, but the betting trends favor the Kings who are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall. However, the Thunder are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 7-0 ATS in their last seven games overall, so I’ll back the Thunder as underdogs in this spot.

Peter Tran's Free Pick: Oklahoma City +3.5

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