Oklahoma City Thunder vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 1/20/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Friday, January 20, 2023
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
The Oklahoma City Thunder are hitting the road to Golden 1 Center on Friday where they will attempt to beat the Sacramento Kings.
The Thunder faced off with the Pacers and notched a win by a score of 126-106 in their last game. Oklahoma City walked away from the game with a 50.5% field goal percentage (47 out of 93) and made 16 out of their 38 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Thunder buried 16 of their 21 shots for a percentage of 76.2%. In the matter of rebounding, they collected 42 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 41 assists for this contest while creating 23 turnovers and getting 12 steals. In regard to the defense, Oklahoma City allowed the other team to go 41.5% from the field on 39 out of 94 shooting. Indiana earned 23 dimes and had 9 steals for the contest. Furthermore, Indiana grabbed 48 boards (20 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 7 blocks. Indiana walked away from this one shooting 66.7% when shooting free throws by making 16 of their 24 attempts. They also made 12 out of their 33 attempts from downtown. In the matter of personal fouls, the Thunder finished with 25 while the Pacers recorded 19 personal fouls.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a guy who was a major factor in the game. He left the arena with 23 points on 7 out of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 30 minutes played and grabbed 3 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander finished 41.2% from the field and also recorded 6 dimes.
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Oklahoma City comes into this one with a mark of 22-23 for the campaign. They currently have an average of 117.0 points per contest (7th in the NBA) while connecting on 46.6% from the field. The Thunder are connecting on 35.8% on 3-point shots (544 of 1,519) and 79.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Oklahoma City is snagging 44.3 boards per game and has racked up 1,108 assists on the year, which has them ranked 16th in the league in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 14.0 times per game and as a unit they are committing 21.8 personal fouls per game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Thunder are able to force 17.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.0 fouls. They are giving up 35.5% from 3-point land and they are 21st in the league in PPG allowed (115.8). The Thunder defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.3% (1,863 of 4,025) and they surrender 47.4 boards per game as a team. They are 10th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,123 surrendered on the year.
In their last game, the Kings walked away with a victory by a final of 116-111 against the Lakers. The Kings were able to collect 33 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards totaling 47 in this matchup. They coughed up the ball 11 times, while earning 3 steals for the game. The Lakers earned 20 fouls for the matchup which took the Kings to the charity stripe for a total of 27 shots. They were able to knock down 21 of them for a rate of 77.8%. When talking about shots from beyond the arc, Sacramento made 9 out of their 30 attempts (30.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Kings finished 43 out of 87 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 49.4%. The Kings allowed the Lakers to bury 43 out of 89 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 48.3% in this game. They finished 32.4% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 11 of 34 and finished the game at 14 of 18 from the charity stripe (77.8%). In regard to rebounds, Sacramento allowed Los Angeles to snag 36 in total (6 on the offensive side).
De'Aaron Fox ended up being a major contributor for the Kings in this contest. He knocked down 13 of 23 for the matchup for a rate of 56.5%, and accumulated 3 rebounds. Fox recorded 31 points in his 39 minutes on the court and totaled 6 assists in the matchup.
Sacramento has a win-loss mark of 25-18 this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Kings are connecting on 49.3% from the field, which ranks 4th in basketball. Sacramento has 5,155 pts for the season (119.9 per contest) and they collect 42.1 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 27.0 times per contest (4th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 14.2 times per game. The Kings are responsible for committing 20.5 fouls per game while shooting 79.1% from the free throw line.
The Sacramento defense concedes 35.9% on shots from beyond the arc (484 of 1,348) and their opposition knocks down 80.1% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 25.3 dimes and 42.1 total boards per game, which ranks them 13th and 5th in the NBA. The Kings on the defensive end are ranked 25th in the league in points given up per game with 116.9. They have forced 14.2 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 48.9% from the floor (28th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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