The Oklahoma City Thunder are rockin’ and rollin’ at 12-3 as winners of seven straight games. They will be looking to extend that streak tonight as they hit the road against the Sacramento Kings. The Kings have a streak of their own going as well by losing four straight. Road games are still tough, regardless of how bad your opponent has been playing recently.
The Thunder have to win the games that appear as easy victories. Face it — OKC is clearly the better team and has been for some time. They should be able to walk all over this Kings team. DeMarcus Cousins is an amazing talent, so I would not be discouraged if he has a monster game. OKC can afford that, but they cannot afford to let the “other guys” get going.
Bench play will be a key factor again if OKC is going to extend their streak tonight. Eight wins in a row sounds so good, and I want this team to keep it rolling. Reggie Jackson has been simply amazing as of late, especially in clutch situations. He is averaging 11.1 points per game and he recently produced his two best performances so far this season in back-to-back games. Tonight could be another big one for the rising star from Boston College.
The usual suspects — Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka — should collectively have huge games tonight. I also feel like this is a perfect opportunity for OKC to experiment with the roster — maybe giving more minutes to Steven Adams, Jackson and Jeremy Lamb — while reducing the minutes of Kendrick Perkins, Derek Fisher and Nick Collison. A game like this is perfect to shift the pieces around a bit because you know the Kings are not a very good team. These players may see extended minutes anyway if the Thunder find themselves up big in the fourth quarter — which is highly possible.