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NBA: Thunder vs Kings Prediction 12/14/2023

The Oklahoma City Thunder (15-7) travel to face off against the Sacramento Kings (13-9) on Thursday, December 14th. This game will be played at Golden 1 Center. The Thunder are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Kings are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Jazz. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.

Thunder vs Kings

The Thunder Are Coming Off A Win

In their most recent game, the Thunder took down the Jazz by a score of 134-120. In addition to their straight-up win, the Thunder also covered the spread as -13-point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 235.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.

Coming into today’s game, the Thunder are looking to build on their two game winning streak. Overall, they are 15-7 and are currently 2nd in both the Western Conference and Northwest division.

Oklahoma City has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 16-6 against the spread. This season, Oklahoma City has a 9-4 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 7-2 when playing as underdogs.

The Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

In their most recent matchup, the Kings conveyed a message to the Clippers with a score of 119-99. the Kings not only lost the game outright but also fell short of covering the spread as +3.5 point underdogs. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 218 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 237.5.

In their last three games, the Kings have gone 2-1 and have an overall record of 13-9. When playing against other Western Conference teams, the Kings are 11-9 and 2-0 in non-conference games.

Sacramento has an overall ATS record of 12-10 for the season so far. The Kings maintain an ATS record of 7-5 on the road, while they have a 5-5 record vs. the spread when playing at home.

Thunder Offense Breakdown

The Thunder come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 120.4 points per game (5th). In terms of pace, the Thunder are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.4 possessions per game. Oklahoma City has been highly effective on the offensive end, thanks to their combination of an up-tempo playing style and one of the league’s top effective field goal percentages, standing at 56%.

Kings Offense Breakdown

Today, the Kings enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 116.3 points per game (9th). So far, Sacramento is averaging 100.3 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Despite this up-tempo style of basketball, the unit is still a below average group in made fields goals per contest, averaging just 41.8 made shots per game.

Thunder Team Defense

So far, the Thunder’s defense is ranked 11th in the league at 112.8 points per contest.

When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Thunder squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 50.8% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 35.4% from downtown.

Kings Team Defense

At this time, the Kings’ defense is positioned 21st in the NBA, permitting 116.9 points per game.

Opponents are hitting 55.5% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.9% of their three-point attempts.

Key Players For The Thunder And Kings

In today’s game, our projections have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leading the Thunder with 20 points on 8/13 shooting from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 30.4 points per game, along with 5.5 rebounds.

On the opposing side, we anticipate De’Aaron Fox to be the top scorer for the Kings. Our projection has him finishing the game with 21, and he is expected to secure 3 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 46.9% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 29.5 points per game.

Thunder vs Kings Trends

  • Oklahoma City has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 118 points per game while allowing 110. The team also performed well vs the spread at 4-1.
  • In their last ten games at home, the Kings have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 5-5 vs. the spread. The team averaged 111 points per game in this stretch.
  • Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Thunder have a straight up record of 5-5. But, their mark vs the spread was just 7-3.
  • Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Sacramento has an ATS mark of 6-4 while going 7-3 straight up.

Thunder vs Kings Prediction

The Thunder come in as the underdog at +1.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.

As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 244, and our model projects the Thunder and Kings to reach a combined total of 221 points. Our bet is on taking the under.

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