Oklahoma City Thunder vs Sacramento Kings NBA Pick – December 28

The NBA is set up with another solid night of action throughout Tuesday. Eight games will be up on the board throughout December 28. One of these matchups will be between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Sacramento Kings. These two teams have struggled throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.

Oklahoma City has earned a record of 12-20 to start out the season, which has them sitting in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. The Thunder are coming off a win in their last game and have won four of their last five. Oklahoma City will look to remain hot with a win on the road. I expect the Thunder to try and come out fast in this one.

The Kings have put up a record of 13-21 to open up the season, which has them in twelfth place of the Western Conference. Sacramento has lost three games in a row and seven of their last nine. The Kings are two games out of a playoff picture. Sacramento will look to bounce back with a much needed win at home on Tuesday night.

These two teams have not had ideal starts to the season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Thunder have dominated throughout their last stretch of games and will look to remain hot entering Tuesday’s matchup. Sacramento will look to get back on track and stop the bleeding with a big win of their own. If either team can grab an early lead in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Oklahoma City Thunder +5 ½ (-105) +200 Over 223 ½ (-110)
Sacramento Kings -5 ½ (-115) -240 Under 223 ½ (-110)

 

Team Data Oklahoma City Thunder Sacramento Kings
Overall Record 12-20 13-21
Away/ Home Record 5-10 7-11
PPG 100.1 109.9
PPG Away/ Home 97.2 107.9
PAPG 107.7 114.4
PAPG Away/ Home 109.0 112.0

Betting Trends

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • 21-11 ATS this season
  • 20-10 ATS as an underdog
  • 10-5 ATS in road games
  • 8-4 ATS in December
  • 1-0 ATS on Tuesday nights
  • 11-4 ATS against team with losing record

Sacramento Kings

  • 14-20 ATS this season
  • 5-5 ATS as a favorite
  • 7-11 ATS in home games
  • 5-7 ATS in December
  • 1-1 ATS on Tuesday nights
  • 3-2 ATS after three or more straight losses
  • 6-7 ATS against team with losing record

These two teams met earlier in the season on November 12 in Oklahoma City. Harrison Barnes dropped 21 points, while Richaun Holmes finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds. It was not enough for the Kings. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort both scored 22 points. The Thunder were able to hold on for a 105-103 win at home.

Field Goal Shooting

The Thunder have struggled shooting the ball throughout this season. Oklahoma City has shot 41.5 percent from the field, which is 29th in the NBA. The Thunder have made 30.9 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 30th in the league. Oklahoma City has sunk 74.8 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 27th in the NBA.

Sacramento has been a bit better shooting the ball on the season. The Kings have made 45.2 percent of their shots form the field, which is 17th in the league. Sacramento has been shooting 33.6 percent from deep, which is 24th in the NBA. The Kings have drained 75.6 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 24th in the league.

The Kings have the edge shooting the ball in this one, while Oklahoma City has the edge on defense. The Thunder have held their opponents to a 44.4 percent from the field, which is 11th in the NBA. Sacramento has allowed opposing teams to shoot 46.9 percent, which is 27th in the league. Both defenses will look to step up in this one.

Top Performers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the leader for Oklahoma City throughout the season. Gilgeous-Alexander has averaged 22.4 points per game. Lugentz Dort is averaging 16.8 points per game. Josh Giddey has averaged 10.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game in his rookie season to round out the lineup.

De’Aaron Fox has been strong for the Kings on the season. Fox is averaging 21 points and 5.0 assists per game. Harrison Barnes has averaged 17.3 points, while Buddy Hield is averaging 15.6 points per game off the bench. Tyrese Haliburton has averaged 13.2 points per game. Richaun Holmes is averaging 13 points and 9 rebounds to round out the lineup.

These two teams have been led by their stars throughout the season. Sacramento has had a deeper scoring lineup on the season. The Thunder are missing Darius Bazley in this one, which will hurt their lineup a bit. Sacramento is missing Davion Mitchell as well though. If either team can get some players to step up off the bench, it could lead them to the win.

Pick Overview

The Thunder have been the much better team as of late and will look for a big win in this one. Sacramento has struggled in their recent stretch of games, but will look to avoid another loss to Oklahoma City. The Kings have the better offense and will look to get their home fans into it early with a big start.

BetOnline has Sacramento listed as a -5 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Kings at home in this one. I agree with this line as Sacramento has the better overall team. Without Darius Bazley, I think the Kings can take over this game early. If Sacramento can hit some big shots early, I like their chances to cover.

The Bet
Sacramento Kings -5.5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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