NBA Betting Preview — Thunder Needs to Avoid Look-Ahead in Facing Kings

There is a lot of pressure going on around the Oklahoma City Thunder these days, not because the team is in danger of missing the playoffs, mind you, but because they are trying to hold on tot heir position in the playoff order. They have a date tomorrow night with the Los Angeles Clippers, who are just a game behind them in the standings, but they can’t really afford to look ahead to that one, as they must take care of business against the Sacramento Kings, in NBA betting action that tips off at 10:05 PM ET at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

A quick check of the standings shows that the Thunder are 55-21 straight-up on the season, which puts them in second place, a game ahead of the Clippers, who are 55-23.

In the NBA betting odds that have been established at BetDSI on this game, Oklahoma City is laying a bundle of points on the road:

Oklahoma City Thunder -9
Sacramento Kings +9

Over 202 points -110
Under 202 points -110

The difference between being #2 and #3 in the playoff queue does not manifest itself as much in the first round of play as it would in subsequent rounds. In fact, the West is such a jumble in the second tier of the post-season order that no one knows who is going to wind up where. So the Thunder is a team that needs to pay attention in a game like this, which might seem like a walkover to some.

Basketball bettors have seen them suffer consecutive defeats. One of them came against a Houston team that was without Dwight Howard, and the other was against Phoenix, in what turned out to be a very poor defensive effort in which OKC allowed the Suns to shoot 58% from the field.

Oklahoma City is +410 to win the championship in futures NBA betting at BetDSI, but you have to wonder whether they had to much of a feeling of satisfaction over ending San Antonio’s 19-game winning streak and sweeping the season series against the Spurs last Thursday. And Kevin Durant knows that the pre-occupation with his streak of consecutive games with 25 points or more, which currently stands at 41, has to end. He has admitted as much himself.

In terms of personnel issues, the high probability is that OKC coach Scott Brooks is going to sit down point guard Russell Westbrook for this one, continuing his precautionary measures in connection to Westbrook’s knee. He will save him for Wednesday night’s showdown with the Clippers, which will have the effect of a two-game swing in the standings. Sacramento will be missing its own point guard, Isaiah Thomas, for the seventh straight contest as he deals with a quadriceps injury.

OKC has won 15 of the last 16 meetings in this ongoing series, and that included a 97-95 Thunder victory at the Sleep Train Arena on December 3, as Sacramento made just ten of its 29 three-point attempts. But Oklahoma City has not been a great road favorite, with just an 11-16 mark against the NBA betting odds in those situations.
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