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Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick & Prediction MAY 4TH 2021

FinishedChesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City

507Sacramento Kings
508Oklahoma City Thunder

OP
0
231
CU
-5.5 -110
230.5o -110
ML
-210
175
Partials
1 2 3 4
25 31 25 22
20 26 23 30
Score
103
99
Recap

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Sacramento Kings are going to be plenty familiar with each other during the last two weeks of the season.

After not playing each other for the first four months of the season, the Thunder and Kings will meet three times in eight days beginning with Tuesday's meeting in Oklahoma City.

The Kings come into Tuesday's meeting having won two consecutive games and five of their past eight.

It isn't likely to be enough to lift Sacramento into the play-in tournament, as the Kings are in 12th place in the Western Conference and several games out of 10th with eight games remaining.

The Thunder have already been eliminated from playoff contention, having lost 20 of their past 22 and three in a row after snapping a franchise-record tying 14-game losing streak April 27.

But both teams still have plenty to play for, even as their seasons are winding down without a postseason to look forward to.

For the Kings, it's been the continued development of third-year big man Marvin Bagley III, who has been severely limited by injuries each of the past two seasons.

In the two games he's played since coming back from missing more than six weeks with a hand injury, the second overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft is shooting 56 percent from the floor and averaging 17 points and 6.5 rebounds.

"I'm just playing basketball, having fun," Bagley said. "These last couple games, I've been feeling great."

Kings coach Luke Walton said Bagley was on track for a breakout season before his injury and it was both encouraging and important for Bagley to return.

"It's easy to come back with nine games left and say you're not ready and wait until the offseason and next season," Walton said. "This is a very important time for Marvin. It's unfortunate because he was having a career year leading up to this injury.

"Even though it's only for a short amount of games, it's nice being able to get him back out there and get him some experience leading into the offseason."

Sacramento might be down another of its young building blocks, though, after rookie point guard Tyrese Haliburton left Sunday's win over Dallas with a left knee injury. Haliburton's status for Tuesday's game is unknown.

For Oklahoma City, the close of the regular season is about development of its large group of young players as well as coach Mark Daigneault and the Thunder front office figuring out which players -- and which combinations -- can help them moving forward.

"We're integrating some new guys," Daigneault said after Sunday's 123-120 loss to Phoenix. "We've got some new faces. We need to see those guys play in these games.

"This team has competed all year. I really like this team because of the character (they have). I'm really optimistic about the guys in the room because of what we've shown all year."

Daigneault's latest players to integrate into the rotation have been 26-year-old Argentinian forward Gabriel Deck and second-year guard Charlie Brown Jr.

Brown is on a 10-day contract, and Deck recently signed a four-year deal. Both have played in three games.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Aleksej Pokusevski

    Knee
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Pokusevski sat out the previous contest with left knee soreness, and it is unknown if he will be in the lineup for Thursday's contest against the Warriors.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

    Foot
    out for season | out

    Gilgeous-Alexander will miss the remainder of the season with right foot planter fasciitis.

  • Hamidou Diallo

    Personal
    Out Thurs | out

    Diallo is tending to a personal matter and will not take on the Grizzlies on Thursday.

  • Hamidou Diallo

    Knee
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Diallo is managing right knee soreness, and it is uncertain if he will play against the Hornets on Tuesday.

  • Frank Jackson

    Quadricep
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Jackson is dealing with a right quad contusion, and it has yet to be established if he will be active against the Hornets on Tuesday.

  • Hamidou Diallo

    Knee
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Diallo was absent from the lineup during the last game due to right knee soreness, and it is unclear if he will take the court versus the Magic on Monday.

  • Luguentz Dort

    Hip
    Prob Sun | probable

    Dort sat out the last contest nursing a right hip strain, but it is projected that he will be in the lineup for Sunday's battle with the Suns.

  • Aleksej Pokusevski

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Pokusevski missed the previous game with a left knee contusion, and it remains to be seen if he will be in the lineup on Sunday against the Suns.

Sacramento Kings

  • Chimezie Metu

    Back
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Metu has sat out the last three games with lower-back soreness, and it is unclear if he will be available for Friday's contest versus the Spurs.

  • Tyrese Haliburton

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Haliburton is expected to miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season with a left knee injury.

  • Harrison Barnes

    Hip
    Out indefinitely | out

    Barnes is out of commission with a hip injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Nemanja Bjelica

    Illness
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Bjelica has missed the last three games due to a stomach illness, and it is unclear if he will be available to play in Friday's clash with the Timberwolves.

  • Cory Joseph

    Ankle
    Out Thurs | out

    Joseph sat out of the previous three contests nursing a left ankle inflammation, and he will not be active for Thursday's game against the Grizzlies.

  • Robert Woodard II

    Back
    Out indefinitely | out

    Woodard II has been sidelined with lower-back tightness, and there is no timetable for his return.

  • Marvin Bagley III

    Hand
    Prob Fri | probable

    Bagley has been sidelined with a fourth metacarpal fracture on his left hand, but he is likely to return against the Lakers on Friday.

  • Cory Joseph

    Rest
    Out Thurs | out

    Joseph will not dress for Thursday's contest versus the Mavericks as he will receive a day to rest.