There’s no place like residence and the Kings are again after a 3 recreation Japanese convention highway journey. The Kings have but to win on the Golden 1 Heart this season, and so they’ll have a troublesome go of getting their first one tonight as they face the visiting Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder and their new Massive three.
When: Tuesday, November seventh; 10 pm ET
The place: Golden 1 Heart; Sacramento, CA
TV: NBATV, NBCSCA
Radio: KHTK Sports activities 1140 AM

For Your Consideration

The Massive Three: Oklahoma Metropolis made a few huge splashes this offseason in buying and selling for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. This isn’t simply Russell Westbrook’s present anymore, regardless that he’s nonetheless very near averaging a triple-double. Westbrook, George and Anthony are all averaging at the very least 20 factors a recreation for the Thunder; By comparability, the Kings have had three gamers rating 20 factors in a recreation all season.
Oklahoma Metropolis’s supporting forged isn’t as deep because it was, however with three legit stars it doesn’t essentially must be. The Kings are going to be going through at the very least one All-Star (and often extra) for each minute of the sport tonight, until in fact this recreation goes to rubbish time (which it has in every of the Thunder’s 4 victories).
Offense vs. Protection: The Kings are in some way not the worst offense within the league (that dishonor belongs to the Chicago Bulls) however they're the second worst. They’ll be going up in opposition to the second ranked protection within the NBA immediately, so it may very well be tough going. Sacramento’s transfer of Buddy Hield to the bench has yielded some early constructive returns as Buddy has shot higher since he got here in, however somebody (and doubtless a number of individuals) must catch fireplace for the Kings to have an opportunity.
Our pal, Skal: Dave Joerger has mentioned he doesn’t significantly like enjoying Skal in robust matchups in opposition to perimeter gamers, and the Thunder aren’t going to make it a straightforward matchup right here with Carmelo Anthony enjoying Energy Ahead. It’s not going to be a great matchup for Zach Randolph both although so why not play Skal in opposition to one of many NBA’s premier scorers and see what he can do or be taught?

Matchup of the Sport

George Hill vs. Russell Westbrook
Hill hasn’t had a great season up to now, and tonight he’ll get a really robust matchup in opposition to Mr. Triple Double. When Westbrook has it going it’s exhausting to cease him, however Hill’s job is to verify he doesn’t get it going early at the very least. I’d additionally wish to see Hill make Westbrook work on the opposite finish, because the Kings want Hill to get his offense going.
Prediction:
Russell Westbrook by chance drops his footwear on the best way to the locker room and De’Aaron Fox picks them up and places them on. Abruptly, Fox is imbued with the powers of the Triple Double and leads the Kings to victory whereas Westbrook is out of the blue enjoying like somebody who has by no means touched a basketball earlier than.
Kings 179, Thunder 23