The SACRAMENTO and the OKLAHOMA CITY will both be gunning for a victory on 10/21/2018 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
SACRAMENTO KINGS vs OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
When: 7:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 21, 2018
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|703||SACRAMENTO||-10 (-110)||216.5 (-110)||375
TV: 7:05 PM
PREDICTION: OKLAHOMA CITY , SACRAMENTO
Oddsmakers currently have the OKLAHOMA CITY listed as -10 point favorites versus the SACRAMENTO, while the game’s total is sitting at 216.5.
The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped their first two games of the 2018-19 campaign and are still waiting on superstar Russell Westbrook to rejoin the lineup. The Thunder could have Westbrook available when they host the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
Westbrook underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last month and is practicing as well as participating in pregame workouts in an effort to get back on the court soon. “A lot of it is him and the medical staff talking to each other and him giving feedback,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan told reporters. “In my conversations with him, it’s always how he’s feeling the next day. And I think for him, he needs to be right because you don’t want to have something lingering. And he knows his body better than anybody else.” The Kings don’t have anybody the caliber of Westbrook or Thunder All-Star Paul George, and their young roster is struggling a bit at the defensive end. Sacramento is allowing an average of 136 points through two losses after getting torched by the New Orleans Pelicans in a 149-129 setback on Friday.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCS California (Sacramento), FS Oklahoma
ABOUT THE KINGS (0-2): Sacramento coach Dave Joerger was not down on his team despite the big loss on Friday and is encouraging a faster pace. “We have things to work on certainly, but I like what I see,” Joerger told reporters. “I saw some really good things offensively tonight. I see a lot of things defensively that can be learned through experience. It just takes time as younger guys learn how to play against older guys.” The Kings are shooting 51.8 percent from the floor through the first two games and center Willie Cauley-Stein is emerging as a leader with averages of 21.5 points and seven rebounds.
ABOUT THE THUNDER (0-2): Oklahoma City is shooting just 36 percent from the floor and George is 16-of-50. “It’s no panic, we’ve got one of the best players coming back to our team at some point,” George told reporters. “But I take a lot pressure on that. I’ve still got to get this group ready to go.” Dennis Schroder is starting in place of Westbrook and scored 21 points in the opener at Golden State before slumping to eight points on 2-of-15 shooting in Friday’s 108-92 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers.
1. Kings rookie PF Marvin Bagley III is 10-of-16 from the floor through his first two games.
2. Thunder C Steven Adams is averaging 17 points and 14.5 rebounds.
3. Westbrook averaged 18.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists as Oklahoma City took three of four from Sacramento last season.
PREDICTION: Thunder 125, Kings 117