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2021 NBA Handicapping
(27-37) Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (21-44)
Date: Tuesday, May 4th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Kings -217 | Thunder +160
NBA Betting Odds: Kings -5
NBA Betting Total: 230.5
Tuesday, May 4th the Sacramento Kings and Oklahoma City Thunder play for the first time this season. In an oddity, the clubs play all three of their regular-season contests in the final eight games of the season (over five days in this case).
The second and third meetings occur on May 7th and 9th in Sacramento.
The Thunder holds the all-time record between the squads with 148 victories in 238 meetings. Last season the teams played three times with the Kings winning two of the three contests.
With three wins in their last four games including victories versus the Lakers and Mavericks, it turns out the Sacramento Kings are enjoying playing the role of spoiler.
Accomplishing it without De’Aaron Fox (protocols) or Harrison Barnes (adductor) is all the more impressive.
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The Spurs reside in 10th and have the toughest closing strength of schedule. Statistically, Sacramento is in the mix to catch them (4.5 games back) and why three games versus OKC could play a factor.
That situation becomes more difficult after Tyrese Haliburton suffered a knee injury (no update on severity) in an awkward incident similar to how Bogdan Bogdanovic got hurt.
In the defeat of the Mavericks, Buddy Hield led the way with 27 points while recently returned Marvin Bagley was one rebound shy (nine) of a double-double with his 23 points.
Richaun Holmes (17), Delon Wright (14), and Haliburton (11) were the other double-figure contributors.
Chimezie Metu (lower back) is questionable, Barnes is doubtful while Fox, Haliburton, and Robert Woodard II (back) are out.
Oklahoma City Thunder
After losing by the worst margin in franchise history (95-152) the Thunder rebounded to push the league-leading Suns and former captain Chris Paul to the final shot (120-123).
It was an important statement game for this young squad to make given the culture of the team. The group playing are youngsters gaining in-game development experience or being vetted for future-fit on the team.
That culture was why I predicted Lu Dort would play against Boston and OKC would win.
However, head coach, Mark Daigneault has to walk a fine line accomplishing the tank while being careful his charges don’t develop bad habits or worse stop caring.
It can take decades to develop a culture (some franchises are still navigating that exercise) and it’s important this team retains its identity.
Seven Thunder players scored in double-figures with Darius Bazley leading the way scoring 19 points and grabbing nine boards.
Theo Maledon (18), Kenrich Williams (15), Ty Jerome (15), Isaiah Roby (11), Gabriel Deck (11), and Lu Dort (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Aleksej Pokusevski (knee), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot), and Mike Muscala (ankle) are all out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Thunder are 8-2 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Thunder are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
Free Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Again, the timing of the Haliburton injury likely derails the Kings’ play-in charge. That said, don’t expect the Thunder to change course with only seven games remaining.
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