February 22, 2018, 2:55 pm
The Kings will return home for their first game back after the All-Star break Thursday night looking for an upset against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.
Oklahoma City visits Sacramento at 33-26 on the season and will want to jump a few teams in the standings before the postseason begins. With the team currently in fifth place in the West, the Thunder will have plenty of reason to try and move up a few places to secure home court advantage.
The Thunder may not consider the Kings to be much of a threat, but the team won’t want to let a game like this slip away from them.
Oklahoma City is certainly a more talented team on paper, but the Kings have held their own in the matchups between the two teams this season. Their last game was a 95-88 loss for Sacramento, but the team was able to pull off a 94-86 upset earlier in the season.
Despite the wealth of offensive talent on Oklahoma City’s roster, the team has established an identity as one of the top defensive teams in the league. The Thunder have allowed 103.2 points per game to their opponents this season, the sixth-best mark in the league.
The Kings may also be getting some help from both Frank Mason and Skal Labissiere for the first time in a while. Mason has been out since December with a foot injury, and Labissiere has been dealing with a shoulder injury since late January. Both are listed as probable heading into the game.
One of the biggest matchups for Sacramento tonight will be Justin Jackson against Paul George. George is one of the top defenders in the NBA and will likely make life difficult for Jackson on that end of the floor, but he’s also the second best scorer for the Thunder. Jackson has done well defensively over the team’s last few games, but George will easily be his biggest test since moving to the starting lineup.
Sacramento will be more concerned with development than winning, but Dave Joerger will still want to see his team compete at home. There will be plenty of learning opportunities against a team like this, and even a chance to win the season series if they can pull off the win.
PG – Frank Mason
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Iman Shumpert (foot) – OUT
Harry Giles (knees) – OUT
Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – PROBABLE
Frank Mason (heel) – PROBABLE
De’Aaron Fox (Conjunctivitis) – QUESTIONABLE
HOW TO WATCH
When: 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. ET)
Where: NBCS California
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Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
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Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter
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Source: Nicola Lupo on Twitter
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Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter
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Source: Peter Edmiston on Twitter
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Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
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Source: Doug Smith: Raptors on Twitter
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Source: Jay King on Twitter
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Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter