SACRAMENTO -- The home finale is finally upon us. The Sacramento Kings host the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night in the last game ever to be played in storied Arco Arena. After 28-years of operation, the Kings will close the doors of their building and move to the new Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento to begin the 2016-17 season later this year.
It’s all hands on deck. Omri Casspi and Marco Belinelli are doubtful to play due to injury, but the remainder of the rotation is expected to play after a series of “rest” games. DeMarcus Cousins is scheduled to start, but this is likely his last game of the season as the Kings finish the 2015-16 campaign on the road.
The Thunder have little to play for as well. With three games remaining in the season, OKC has locked up the the third seed in the Western Conference playoff race, although they have no clue who they will face in the first round.
Thunder by 7
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 31-48, third place in Pacific
Thunder: 54-25, first place in Northwest
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Rajon Rondo vs. Russell Westbrook -- The league’s top two assist men face-off on Saturday night. Rondo leads the league at 11.7 dimes per game, but Westbrook isn’t too far behind at 10.4 a night. The Kings have done a nice job containing the dynamic Westbrook this season, holding him five points below his season average. They’ll need to continue that trend if they hope to knock off the Thunder.
Kings: F Omri Casspi (right hamstring strain) doubtful, SG Marco Belinelli (sore right foot) doubtful.
Thunder: No injuries to report.
The Thunder lead the season series 2-1 after knocking off the Kings 131-116 in late February. The Thunder hold a 140-83 all-time lead over the Kings and an 83-47 advantage in the Sacramento-era.
“There’s going to be a lot of emotions, a lot of familiar faces. I look forward to being part of it. A lot of guys past and present, people I played against or watched play before, the cowbells, the tradition of Arco. It’s going to be nice to see.” -Caron Butler on the final game at Arco Arena