The Sacramento Kings will face the OKC Thunder at the Thomas & Mack Center in Game 3 of the Las Vegas Summer League for both teams.
The Sacramento Kings started their summer on a high, winning all three games at the California Classic. However, that streak was cut short as they lost their first Las Vegas Summer League game to the Orlando Magic.
The Kings then bounced back against the Indiana Pacers, which will make the game ahead all the more exciting.
The OKC Thunder, on the other hand, had a few close games with some of them going in their favor. They started the Las Vegas Summer League with an 88-90 loss to the Houston Rockets, but then beat the Orlando Magic by a three-point margin.
Both teams will come into this game with a win and a loss to their names and will no doubt be looking for a win on Wednesday night.
Fixation: Sacramento Kings vs. OKC Thunder | NBA Summer League 2022.
Date and hour : Wednesday July 13; 8 p.m. ET (Thursday, July 14; 5:30 a.m. IST).
Venue: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sacramento Kings Preview
The Sacramento Kings have been a force to be reckoned with this summer, with many of their youngsters showing great ability at both ends of the court. Neemias Queta was particularly good, dominating in the paint and effectively protecting the rim.
Keegan Murray and Keon Ellis were the aggressors from beyond the arc, keeping the defense active while scoring in clusters. As a unit, the Kings showed great chemistry moving the ball between the five players on the field to keep opposing defenses guessing.
Sean McDermott started on the bench against the Magic but immediately proved his worth once on the line, adding 18 points in the win.
Key Player – Neemias Queta
Neemias Queta will play an important role against the Thunder, given the threat he poses at both ends of the field. His rebounding ability and decent 3-point shooting will likely add to the Thunder’s problems, making him their target to stop.
Queta will likely be tasked with guarding Chet Holmgren, whose height may make him a tough cover. As a result, this could be the most important Summer League game for the 23-year-old.
Predicted lineup of the Sacramento Kings
Guardian – Frankie Ferrari | Guardian – Keon Ellis | Forward – Keegan Murray | Forward – Jared Roden | Center – Neemia Queta.
OKC Thunder Overview
The OKC Thunder have been one of the most watched teams this summer, given their selection of Chet Holmgren in the draft.
He got a lot of attention and backed him up in his debut game, but has been on and off since that performance. However, the Thunder were able to find consistent contributions from various Las Vegas Summer League players, making them a strong contender.
Josh Giddey was a Thunder starter the previous season, playing 54 games throughout the season. During that span, he averaged 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game, making his presence on this team extremely valuable.
Key player – Chet Holmgren
Chet Holmgren had a rocky start to the Las Vegas Summer League, shooting just 30 percent from the floor in his opener against the Houston Rockets. However, he rebounded effectively against the Magic, recording a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Holmgren is still young, with a lot of potential, but he is expected to put in some solid performances going forward. His size will be crucial for the OKC Thunder on the defensive end, against a physically strong Sacramento Kings unit.
OKC Thunder Predicted Lineup
Guardian – Josh Giddey | Guardian – Tre Mann | Forward – Aaron Wiggins | Forward – Jeremiah Robinson Earl | Center – Chet Holmgren.
Kings. vs Thunder Match Prediction
The Sacramento Kings have won more games over the summer, mostly because more names on their roster have stepped up. Their players have chained well with regularity to help them to some important victories.
The OKC Thunder, however, could give the Kings a hard time due to the experience they have on their roster. The Thunder team also had quite a bit of playing time together and picked up a win over the Orlando Magic in their last game.
All in all, it promises to be a close but entertaining game in Las Vegas.
Where to watch Sacramento Kings vs OKC Thunder?
The Sacramento Kings game against the OKC Thunder will be broadcast on NBA TV. The game will also be available to stream on NBA League Pass.