Sacramento Kings vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 5/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sacramento Kings vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Sacramento (-9)
The Sacramento Kings (27-37) are headed to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-44). The line on this contest has Sacramento as 9-point favorites. The total opens at 231.
The Sacramento Kings played the Dallas Mavericks and notched a win by a score of 111-99 in their last game. Sacramento walked away from the game with a 55.6% field goal percentage (45 out of 81) and converted 11 out of their 28 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Kings made 10 of 16 shots for a rate of 62.5%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they earned 38 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 27 dimes in the game while forcing 16 turnovers and earning 9 steals. When it comes to defense, Sacramento allowed their opponent to shoot 42.0% from the field on 34 out of 81 shooting. Dallas doled out 16 dimes and had 12 steals for the game. Additionally, Dallas grabbed 40 rebounds (13 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 1 block. Dallas finished shooting 80.6% from the charity stripe by burying 25 of 31 attempts. They buried 6 out of their 35 attempts from long range.
Buddy Hield is a guy who came through for this contest. He scored 27 points on 9 out of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 42:06 mins and snagged 6 rebounds. Hield finished 47.4% from the field and also distributed 3 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this game for the Kings was Marvin Bagley. He totaled 9 rebounds in 34:03 min on the hardwood. He ended up shooting 62.5% from the floor for this contest by going 10-of-16 (23 points). When this game wrapped up, Bagley had accumulated 3 assists.
Sacramento enters this game with a win-loss mark of 27-37 for the campaign. The Kings are shooting 36.6% on three-point shots (770 of 2,105) and 74.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 114.3 pts per contest (11th in the league) while connecting on 48.3% from the field. They are giving up possession 13.4 times per contest and as a group are committing 19.5 personal fouls every game. As a team, Sacramento is pulling down 41.1 boards per game and is sitting with 1,627 assists for the season, which is 13th in the league in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Kings have forced 13.5 turnovers per game and they draw 19.2 fouls. The Kings defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 49.3% (864 of 1,226) and they concede 45.0 boards per game as a unit. They are 21st in the league in giving up assists with 1,630 relinquished for the year. They are relinquishing 38.5% on shots from distance while they are 30th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (118.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Oklahoma City Thunder took a loss by a final score of 123-120 against the Phoenix Suns. The Thunder snagged 30 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 for the game. They turned it over 15 times, while getting 7 steals in the game. The Suns had 17 fouls for the contest which got the Thunder to the charity stripe for 24 shots. They were able to convert 17 of them for a percentage of 70.8%. When talking about shots from 3-point land, Oklahoma City converted 13 of their 30 attempts (43.3%). When all was said and done, the Thunder went 45 out of 92 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.9%. The Thunder permitted the Suns to make 45 out of their 84 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 53.6% in this contest. They went 38.7% from beyond the arc by hitting 12 of 31 and ended up going 21 out of 27 at the charity stripe (77.8%). In relation to team rebounding, Oklahoma City permitted Phoenix to pull down 39 in total (8 offensive).
Darius Bazley ended up being important for the Thunder for this game. He knocked down 8 of 13 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 61.5%, and had 9 rebounds. Bazley totaled 19 points in his 35:20 minutes of playing time and added 3 dimes in the matchup. One more player who came through for Oklahoma City was Theo Maledon. He left the arena with 4 dimes in 28:13 minutes played, and he shot 5 of 10 from the floor. Maledon ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while also collecting 18 points and 4 boards.
Oklahoma City has a mark of 21-44 for the year. Oklahoma City has accounted for 6,853 pts for the season (105.4 per game) and they grab 45.6 boards per game. The Thunder are committing 18.3 fouls per game and they go 72.7% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Thunder are connecting on 44.3% from the field, which is 28th in the NBA. They are assisting teammates 22.3 times per contest (27th in the league) and they turn the ball over 16.4 times per contest. The Thunder on the defensive end are ranked 27th in the NBA in points given up per game with 115.4. The Oklahoma City defense allows 36.1% on shots from 3-point land (862 of 2,387) and their opposition knocks down 76.9% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 25.6 assists and 47.1 boards per contest, which is 22nd and 26th in the league. They have forced 13.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.2% from the field (23rd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+9)
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