Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Preview
Oklahoma City at Sacramento
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

The Oklahoma City Thunder are marching up the win column and have no trouble shoving some opponents out of the way on the way up - literally and figuratively. The Thunder will try to push their winning streak to three straight without racking up a slew of technical fouls when they begin a stretch of seven of nine on the road by visiting the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

Oklahoma City rolled past the Chicago Bulls 121-96 on Monday in a game that was more notable for a multi-player scuffle that erupted in the third quarter. Thunder star Russell Westbrook was shoved in the chest by Chicago point guard Kris Dunn, setting off a chain of events that led to a pair of technical fouls for each team in a situation forward Paul George described by telling reporters: "It got a little chippy, but we kept rolling." The Kings should be well-rested after letting the starters take the entire second half off and playing eight reserves at least 18 minutes apiece in Monday's 132-105 setback at Minnesota. "I'm happy that the guys stayed ready to play, because everybody has a role," Sacramento coach Dave Joerger told reporters. "You're going to have some nights like these. I commend those guys for going out there, being professional, playing hard and taking the minutes."

TV: 10 p.m. ET, NBATV, FS Oklahoma, NBCS California (Sacramento)

ABOUT THE THUNDER (19-10): Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 13 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals on Monday - his fourth straight game with at least four steals. "When we're worried about ourselves and our team and not worried about what the other team is doing, it's tough to beat us," Westbrook told reporters. "My job is to make sure that we're all on the same page, we're all in tune on offense and defense and we play at a level that is at our standards and not nobody else's." Westbrook posted a triple-double in four of eight games this month but is only shooting 36.4 percent from the floor in December.

ABOUT THE KINGS (16-14): Shooting guard Buddy Hield was the lone starter to log more than 10 minutes on Monday and finished with a team-high 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 18 minutes. "He was a large part of any offensive success we were having," Joerger told reporters of Hield. "We were struggling to score. We came out and played isolation basketball, and that's not who we are. We've got to be better." Hield is averaging 24 points on 52.9 percent shooting over the last four games and is 18-of-40 from 3-point range in that span.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Kings PG Yogi Ferrell is averaging 11 points over the last four games, nearly double his season average (5.8 points).

2. Thunder C Steven Adams is averaging 20 points in December, raising his season average to 16.1.

3. Sacramento took each of the first two meetings this season, most recently a 117-113 home triumph on Nov. 19.

PREDICTION: Thunder 115, Kings 112
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Oklahoma City 19-10 W2 12-3 7-7 0-0 19-10 1-2 9-8
Sacramento 16-14 L1 7-6 9-8 0-3 16-11 1-4 9-11
Last Meeting
Oklahoma City Sacramento
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/19/18 OKC 113 SAC 117 113 53 41.7 117 59 44.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 29 48.0 1
Sacramento B. Hield 25 50.0 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oklahoma City S. Adams 15 7 8
Sacramento W. Cauley-Stein 14 4 10
Assists Player  
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 7
Sacramento D. Fox 13
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oklahoma City P. George 793 44.1 155
Sacramento B. Hield 634 46.3 60
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oklahoma City S. Adams 311 159 152
Sacramento W. Cauley-Stein 273 73 200
Assists Player  
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 211
Sacramento D. Fox 235
Quickchart Matchup
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Off vs  Sacramento Sacramento Defense
Oklahoma City Off vs Sacramento - Points For 111.4 Points For
Oklahoma City Off vs Sacramento - Points Against 116.4 Points Against
Oklahoma City - FG% 45.4 FG%
Sacramento - FG% 47.1 FG%
Oklahoma City - Reb 48.1 Reb
Sacramento - Reb 47.9 Reb
Sacramento Sacramento Off vs  Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Defense
Sacramento Off vs Oklahoma City - Points For 115.4 Points For
Sacramento Off vs Oklahoma City - Points Against 105.0 Points Against
Sacramento - FG% 47.9 FG%
Oklahoma City - FG% 45.1 FG%
Sacramento - Reb 44.2 Reb
Oklahoma City - Reb 44.2 Reb