How to Bet Thunder at Kings NBA Spread & Game Preview.

How to Bet Thunder at Kings NBA Spread & Game Preview

Written by on December 19, 2018

The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the best teams in the Western Conference, but they have been beaten twice already by Sacramento this season. The Kings can clinch the season series with a home victory on Wednesday as NBA Betting underdogs.

Thunder at Kings NBA Spread & Game Preview

  • When: Wednesday, 10 PM ET
  • Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento
  • TV: NBA TV
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • NBA Spread: Oklahoma City Thunder -4 (Total 237)

Team Records

  • All: Thunder 19-10 / Kings 16-14
  • Home: Thunder 12-3 / Kings 7-6
  • Away: Thunder 7-7 / Kings 9-8
  • ATS: Thunder 16-13 / Kings 19-10-1
  • Over/Under: Thunder 13-16 / Kings 20-10

Season Series

The Kings lead 2-0. They last met on Nov. 19 in Sacramento, and the Kings won 117-113 in a back-and-forth affair. Sacramento recorded a season-high 59 rebounds as center Willie Cauley-Stein grabbed 14 rebounds and forward Marvin Bagley III finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. Kings guard Buddy Hield tallied a team-high 25 points. Thunder forward Paul George scored 27 points and collected nine rebounds while Russell Westbrook totaled a game-high 29 points to go with 13 boards and seven assists.

A win here for the Kings would mark their longest win streak (three in a row) against the Thunder/SuperSonics franchise since Sacramento won five straight against Seattle from Dec. 10, 2005, to Feb. 10, 2007.

Why Bet on Oklahoma City?

The Thunder won their second straight on Monday, 121-96 over the sorry Bulls. Russell Westbrook triple-doubled in scoring 13 points with 16 rebounds and 11 assists. It was his NBA-best seventh triple-double of the season and 111th of his career. He finished 5-of-13 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line with four turnovers, adding five steals in 32 minutes. Westbrook has 19 steals in his last four games which have bumped him up to a league-leading 2.5 per game.

Paul George scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the final five minutes of the first half; his outburst came in the final 4:47 of the second quarter as Oklahoma City outscored the Bulls 23-7 and built a 64-44 lead by the break. Outside of that nearly five-minute stretch, he shot 2 of 13 from the floor and scored just one point in the second half.

Dennis Schroder scored 18 points vs. the Bulls on Monday with three assists. The former Hawk is getting plenty of minutes next to Westbrook with the Thunder lacking quality wing depth apart from George.

The Thunder currently own the best defensive rating in the league (101.7) as well the fifth-best net rating (6.2). Oklahoma City is now 11-0 when dishing out more assists than opponents and 12-5 when outrebounding them, going 7-0 when at least five players score in double figures.

Oklahoma City has gone 19-6 over the past 25 games, best in the NBA. Over the span, George has grabbed the most steals (53) alongside Westbrook (53) and holds the second-best +/- rating in the league (+11.4) while Steven Adams holds the best +/- rating at +11.8 and the best shooting percentage on the team (59.4).

Why Bet on Sacramento?

The Kings lost 132-105 in Minnesota on Monday in the second of a back-to-back. Minnesota led by 36 in the first half against Sacramento, which was coming off a 120-113 victory at Dallas a night earlier.

De’Aaron Fox finished scoreless in six minutes. Coach Dave Joerger basically punted this game when the Kings were run out of the building in the first half by sitting his starters in the second half. Fox was coming off one of his best stretches of the season with 25+ points in four out of his previous six games.

Willie Cauley-Stein played a season-low seven minutes vs. the Wolves on Monday with one point, one assist and one steal. Harry Giles matched his career-high with 13 points in a career-high 23 minutes. Skal Labissiere set multiple season-highs on Monday with nine points, five rebounds, one assist, one block and two triples in 29 minutes. Labissiere had just 38 total minutes to his name entering that game.

Thunder at Kings should be a close one.

Fox and Buddy Hield have been a tremendous starting backcourt as the two have combined for 55+ points in a single game three times this season after each scored 28 points for a total of 56 points in their win at Dallas on Dec. 16.

Since the NBA began listing positions in their lineups in the 1970-71 season, the last Kings backcourt to total 55 or more points in a single game multiple times was during the 2006-07 season when Mike Bibby and Kevin Martin notched 55-plus points together in four games that season. Fox and Hield are averaging 17.9 and 19.3 points per game, respectively. Fox is grabbing 3.5 rebounds and dishing out 7.3 assists per game and Hield is collecting 5.0 boards while tallying 2.5 assists per contest.

Fox is one of five players (Houston’s James Harden, New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday, Los Angeles guard-forward LeBron James, Portland guard Damian Lillard) to have two or more games with 30 points and 10 assists or more and is the first to do so in a Kings uniform since Mike Bibby had three 30 and 10 outings during the 2005-06 season.

The Kings are 9-1 this year when leading at halftime and 11-0 when holding the scoring edge headed into the fourth quarter.

Thunder at Kings NBA Betting Trends

  • Over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Sacramento
  • Thunder are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Sacramento
  • Thunder are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings
  • Underdog is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings
  • Oklahoma City is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing Sacramento
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Oklahoma City’s last 15 games on the road
  • Sacramento is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Sacramento is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of Sacramento’s last 16 games

Expert NBA Betting Prediction for Thunder at Kings

Kings win outright – but of course, take the points.
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