Oklahoma City Thunder vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 11/10/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Friday, November 10, 2023
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+3)
The Oklahoma City Thunder (5-3) are on their way to Golden 1 Center on Friday where they will try to beat the Sacramento Kings (3-4). Oklahoma City opens as 3-point underdogs. The total is set at 232.
The Thunder took the court against the Cavaliers and went home with a win by a final score of 128-120 in their last contest. Oklahoma City ended the contest having earned a 51.2% FG percentage (44 of 86) and buried 12 out of their 28 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Thunder converted 28 of 30 tries for a rate of 93.3%. When discussing getting rebounds, they collected 41 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 23 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 18 turnovers and getting 10 steals. In regard to the defense, Oklahoma City allowed the other team to go 50.6% from the field on 42 of 83 shooting. Cleveland recorded 26 dimes and had 9 steals for the contest. Furthermore, Cleveland grabbed 41 boards (11 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 8 blocks. Cleveland shot 73.0% from the charity stripe by converting 27 of their 37 shots. They also knocked down 9 of their 29 tries from three-point range. When it comes to personal fouls, the Thunder walked away with 27 and the Cavaliers recorded 24 personal fouls.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one player who had an impact in this contest. Gilgeous-Alexander finished the contest at 66.7% from the floor and also dished out 10 assists. He was on the court for 36 minutes and collected 5 rebounds. He scored 31 points on 12 of 18 shooting.
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Oklahoma City comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 5-3 on the season. They are averaging 118.8 points per contest (7th in basketball) while connecting on 49.5% from the floor. The Thunder are connecting on 39.3% on shots from 3-point land (99 of 252) and 86.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Oklahoma City is pulling down 41.8 boards per contest and is sitting with 194 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 16th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 15.0 times per contest and as a group they commit 20.3 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end of the court, the Thunder are forcing 14.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.4 personal fouls. They relinquish 35.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 24th in the NBA in PPG allowed (117.1). The Thunder defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.4% (338 of 744) and they concede 46.9 boards per contest as a unit. They currently rank 27th in the league in giving up assists with 223 relinquished so far this year.
The last time they took the court, the Kings walked away with a victory by a final of 121-118 when they played the Trail Blazers. When discussing how they rebounded, Sacramento permitted Portland to pull down 36 overall (7 offensive). They shot 36.4% from distance by shooting 8 of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 22 out of 29 from the free throw line (75.9%). The Kings permitted the Trail Blazers to knock down 44 of 87 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 50.6% for the game. When the final whistle was blown, the Kings ended up going 41 for 89 from the floor which had them sitting at 46.1%. With respect to shots from downtown, Sacramento buried 11 of their 37 tries (29.7%). They were able to knock down 28 of the free throw tries for a rate of 73.7%. The Trail Blazers were called for 29 personal fouls for the contest which took the Kings to the free throw line for a total of 38 shots. They also gave up possession of the ball 21 times, while earning 11 steals for the game. The Kings were able to corral 35 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 50 for the matchup.
Harrison Barnes pitched in for the Kings for this game. Barnes had 33 points in his 33 minutes on the hardwood and added 2 assists for the game. He made 11 out of 16 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 68.8%, and totaled 4 rebounds.
Sacramento has a mark of 3-4 for the season. The Kings are responsible for committing 21.6 fouls every game and they go 72.3% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 25.9 times per contest (13th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 14.0 times per contest. Sacramento has totaled 784 pts this season (112.0 per contest) and they grab 44.0 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Kings are shooting 43.9% from the floor, which ranks 27th in the league.
The Sacramento defense surrenders 37.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (85 of 225) and opponents are converting on 77.1% of their free throw attempts. They give up 27.9 dimes and 44.3 total boards per game, which is 25th and 16th in basketball. The Kings on defense are ranked 21st in the NBA in PPG given up with 116.0. They have forced 14.7 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 49.2% from the floor (27th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+3)
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