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Sacramento Kings Play-In Must-Win Tonight at OKC

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The Sacramento Kings are 22-40, 13th place in the NBA western conference. That is 3.5 games behind the 10th place New Orleans Pelicans, and the final western conference playoff Play-In tournament berth. Sacramento faces what is essentially a MUST-WIN game tonight on the road against the 19-41 Oklahoma City Thunder.

In This Article:

  • Stats versus OKC this season
  • Who is OUT for the matchup
  • Odds!
  • My Predictions and YOUR opinions!

Versus OKC This Season

The Kings are 2-1 in the season series against the Thunder, heading into the 4th and final regular-season meeting. I found a few interesting stats on the previous three matchups between the two teams via StatMuse.

From 3PT range, Sacramento is shooting 38.4% against OKC, compared to 34.4% (14th in the NBA) on the season. Sharing is … scoring. Sacramento is averaging 25 assists per game against OKC, compared to 23.4 APG on the season. It will be fun to see how this NEW LOOK Sacramento Kings squad will do against the Thunder.

Without De’Aaron Fox, the Kings won their previous meeting with OKC on February 5th, 113-103. Sacramento ‘won’ or tied every quarter of that game. Harrison Barnes scored 24 points and added in 9 rebounds. Moe Harkless also notched a double-double, with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Richaun Holmes Likely OUT

Richaun Holmes is likely out against the Thunder, due to a sore back. OKC will be missing 6 players, Sacramento Kings insider James Ham lists them all below.

Odds Are …

Sacramento is 4.5 point (-4.5) favorites tonight against OKC.

Sacramento is 2-4 since the ‘blockbuster’ trade Sabonis/Haliburton trade with the Indiana Pacers. As this team gets more time together, they have become better and more fun to watch. Tonight is a MUST-WIN, for the Kings Play-In hopes, in my opinion.

My Predictions

I outlined ALL of my predictions for the Sacramento Kings’ final 22 games. I will stick by my original prediction, which means I think the Kings will come out with a WIN in OKC!

What Do YOU Think

I want to know what the #SacramentoProud fans think!

If you want to share your opinion, stats, homemade tacos you concocted for the game … let me know on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

As always, GO SACRAMENTO KINGS!

-Tom Witt

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Tom Witt has been in sports media for just under a decade. He started off freelancing, earning a role as an editor and Sacramento Kings writer at Overtime Heroics.

He also is an avid Spikeball fan/competitor (roundnet is the name of the sport played on Spikeball equipment) - Tom is also the head editor at the Roundnet World blog.