Kings (28-52, 8-32 road) vs. Thunder (59-21, 33-6 home)
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 112.5 (1st), Kings– 106.2 (12th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 102.6 (4th), Kings – 111.3 (29th)
Pace: Thunder – 93.4 (9th), Kings – 93.6 (8th)
View from the enemy: Cowbell Kingdom
The Thunder have an opportunity here. They can clinch the West’s top seed, homecourt throughout the Western playoffs, and a 60-win season. They’re at home and playing a bad team. All signs point to getting this done as long as there’s a strong focus.
The big benefit of locking this up is that it would make Wednesday’s game against the Bucks basically meaningless. Which would mean a likely rest for the regulars and maybe an extended game for a few of the younger guys.
Sacramento coming in: Lost to the Rockets last night.
Three Big Things
1. Focus and attention. The Thunder can’t take anything for granted tonight. The Kings aren’t playing for anything, and while the Thunder are, you can’t just expect to show up and win. Everyone loves to play spoiler this time of year, so the Kings are going to try. I think.
2. Lamb, Jones and Liggins. They were recalled today. Minutes?
3. Win the game. That’s basically it. You get a night off Wednesday if you do.
Tip at 7:00 CT. Go 60.