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Sacramento Kings vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds
The Thunder will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Kings at Chesapeake Energy Arena in NBA wagering action.
The Thunder bring a 18-4 record (13-7-2 ATS) to the battle against the 7-14 Kings, who are 7-13-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Oklahoma City go 11-10-1 so far and the Kings go 11-10. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
For bettors going with the Thunder in this one, they were listed earlier as 14-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 203.5 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 2-rated Thunder and the No. 21-ranked Kings, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 108-93 result in favor of the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 1-ranked offense (105.4 PPG) against a Kings defense that ranks No. 20 at 99.4 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 48.9% from the field per game, more than the Kings have managed so far this season (43.3% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Kings own the league's No. 20-rated mark, allowing 101.2 points per game when playing on the road. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in scoring on their home court.
Sacramento lost its last outing, a 98-85 result against the Bucks on December 12. The Kings failed to cover in that game as an 8.5-point underdog, while the 183 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Sacramento suffered a 98-85 loss against Milwaukee on Wednesday, getting 17 points from Tyreke Evans in a losing effort at Bradley Center.
The Thunder were a 92-88 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Hornets. They failed to cover the 14-point spread as favorites, while the total score (180) made winners of UNDER bettors. Oklahoma City got 35 points from Kevin Durant en route to a 92-88 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Sacramento Kings Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Denver are 2-8
After playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing San Antonio are 8-2
After playing New Orleans are 10-0
After a win are 9-1
A few Kings at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Sacramento's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Sacramento's last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
Sacramento is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
Sacramento is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Sacramento
Oklahoma City is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Sacramento
Sacramento home to Denver, Sunday, December 16
Oklahoma City home to San Antonio, Monday, December 17