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Kings vs. Thunder preview: Time for another blowout win

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Sacramento’s slim play-in chances remain alive going into the second of back-to-back games against OKC.

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The Sacramento Kings will have a glorious opportunity to gain some ground in the Western Conference play-in race when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Sacramento four of its previous outings, including a 28-point blowout win over OKC on Sunday. Seven Kings scored in double figures as the team dominated an Oklahoma team that has lost 21 of its last 22 games.

Game Information

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento

When: Tuesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. PT

How to watch/listen: NBC Sports California, KHTK Sports 1140 AM

Opposing perspective: Welcome to Loud City

Projected Starting Lineups

Kings (30-38): Delon Wright, Buddy Hield, Moe Harkless, Marvin Bagley III, Richaun Holmes

Thunder (21-48): Theo Maledon, Darius Bazley, Aleksej Pokusevski, Moses Brown, Isaiah Roby

Injuries/Absences

Kings: Harrison Barnes — DOUBTFUL; Chimezie Metu — QUESTIONABLE; De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, Robert Woodard II — OUT

Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) — OUT

After a slow start to Sunday’s matchup, the Kings dominated the Thunder the rest of the way. Luke Walton’s team got contributions from everyone in the lineup on both ends of the floor. Sacramento held Oklahoma City to just 39.1 percent shooting from the field.

The Kings currently hold the ninth-best odds to win the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery. With only four games left on the schedule, likely, Sacramento won’t be able to get anything higher than the eighth-best odds to get the No. 1 pick.

Although their chances aren’t great, the Kings can still sneak into a play-in spot if they get some help. Sacramento can get within 2.5 games of the 10th place San Antonio Spurs with a win against OKC. The Spurs have the toughest remaining schedule in the league and have faltered as of late, losing seven out of their last nine. Their lone wins coming in Sacramento and against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.

Delon Wright, Moe Harkless and Terrance Davis have all played well since joining the team at the trade deadline. Walton has given the trio extended minutes with De’Aaron Fox, Harrison Barnes, and Tyrese Haliburton sidelined during the recent run.