Oklahoma City Thunder vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 5/11/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
The Sacramento Kings (30-38) play the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-48) at Golden 1 Center on Tuesday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder took the court against the Sacramento Kings and went home with a loss by a final score of 126-98 in their last contest. Oklahoma City finished with a 39.1% field goal percentage (34 out of 87) and knocked down 11 of their 37 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Thunder knocked down 19 of 29 shots for a percentage of 65.5%. Regarding rebounding, they collected 38 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 23 assists in the game while forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and having 9 steals. Pertaining to defense, Oklahoma City allowed the other team to go 52.9% from the field on 45 out of 85 shooting. Sacramento distributed 30 assists and had 8 steals in this contest. On top of that, Sacramento grabbed 51 rebounds (9 offensive, 42 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Sacramento walked away from this one shooting 83.3% at the free throw line by burying 20 of their 24 shots. They knocked down 16 out of their 36 shots from 3-point range.
Darius Bazley is one guy who was important for the matchup. He ended up walking away with 18 points on 6 of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 30:13 mins played and also snagged 6 rebounds. Bazley shot 46.2% from the field and also earned 2 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in this contest for the Thunder was Aleksej Pokusevski. He collected 2 rebounds in 26:11 minutes on the court. He finished 45.5% from the field in the matchup by connecting on 5-of-11 (13 points). When all was said and done, Pokusevski accounted for 5 assists.
Oklahoma City heads into this one with a win-loss mark of 21-48 so far this season. The Thunder are connecting on 33.9% on shots from beyond the arc (834 of 2,461) and 72.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 105.0 pts per contest (28th in the league) while going 43.9% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 16.1 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 18.2 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Oklahoma City is pulling in 45.5 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,533 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 27th in basketball in terms of passing. Defensively, the Thunder are able to force 13.2 turnovers every game and they draw 18.6 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 36.5% on 3-point shots while they are 26th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (115.7). The Thunder defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 47.4% (912 of 1,284) and they surrender 47.2 rebounds per game as a team. They are 28th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,788 conceded on the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Sacramento Kings got the victory with a final of 126-98 when they faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Kings recorded 42 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 51 for this game. They coughed it up 14 times, while getting 8 steals in this matchup. The Thunder had 18 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Kings to the free throw line for 24 shots. They were able to make 20 of them for a percentage of 83.3%. When discussing three-point attempts, Sacramento knocked down 16 of 36 attempts (44.4%). Overall, the Kings shot 45 for 85 from the field which gave them a rate of 52.9%. The Kings permitted the Thunder to bury 34 of their 87 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 39.1% for the matchup. They finished the game shooting 29.7% from distance by shooting 11 of 37 and ended up going 19 out of 29 from the charity stripe (65.5%). Concerning how they rebounded, Sacramento allowed Oklahoma City to collect 38 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Maurice Harkless ended up having an impact for the Kings in this contest. He converted 5 of 12 for this contest giving him a rate of 41.7%, and tallied 5 rebounds. Harkless tallied 18 points in his 25:46 mins on the hardwood and tallied 3 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Sacramento was Delon Wright. He finished this one with 5 assists in his 32:36 minutes played, and he put in 6 of 10 from the floor. Wright ended the game having shot 60.0% from the floor in addition to totaling 15 points and 7 boards.
Sacramento has a record of 30-38 on the campaign. As an offense, the Kings are shooting 48.3% from the field, which is 5th in the NBA. Sacramento has scored 7,752 points so far this season (114.0 per contest) and they collect 41.3 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 25.4 times per game (14th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.4 times per game. The Kings commit 19.4 personal fouls every game while shooting 74.5% from the charity stripe. The Kings on the defensive side of the court are 28th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 117.7. The Sacramento defense concedes 38.0% on 3-pointers (844 of 2,221) and their opposition makes 79.1% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 25.3 assists and 45.1 rebounds per contest, which is 18th and 19th in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 13.6 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 48.9% from the field (30th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Sacramento
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