The Sacramento Kings return to the AT&T Center on Wednesday night where they look to repeat their win against the San Antonio Spurs.
Sacramento blasted San Antonio 132-115 on Monday in their first meeting of the season. The win was their fifth in as many games and their seventh in their last eight assignments. Meanwhile, San Antonio has dropped five out of its last six outings with the defeat. The Spurs are just 1-1 in their current six-game homestand.
The Sacramento Kings 22-25 on the season and they are currently in 11th place in the Western Conference team standings. The Kings are just three games off the 7th seeded Dallas Mavericks but they have the 11th toughest remaining schedule with their remaining 25 opponents having an average winning percentage of .501. Sacramento is 7-3 in their last 10 games played and has won their last five games.
In their last outing, the Kings defeated the Spurs 132-115 at the AT&T Center. De’Aaron Fox led the way with 24 points while Richaun Holmes posted a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Buddy Hield also scored 20 points in a game where the Kings’ starters scored at least 14 points each.
Sacramento is the 7th best scoring team in the league at 115.1 points per game while allowing the second-most points per game at 119.0 per contest. The Kings are 27th in rebounding at 42.5 boards grabbed per contest and 11th in passing at 25.8 assists per contest.
The San Antonio Spurs are 23-21 on the season and they are in second place in the Southwest division and 8th in the Western Conference team standings. The Spurs are just one game from falling off the Top 8 and if they continue their current trend, they will be out of playoff position. San Antonio is just 4-6 in their last 10 games played and they have won just once in their last six games.
Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 23 points and 7 assists while Derrick White and DeMar DeRozan added 19 and 17 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Jakob Poeltl contributed a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds with three blocked shots. However, the San Antonio bench scored only a combined 32 points.
San Antonio has the 9th best scoring defense in the league at 110.7 points per game allowed. The Spurs are the 9th worst offense in the league at only 109.5 points per game scored. They are also ranked 18th in rebounding at 43.8 boards grabbed per contest and are 17th in passing at 24.4 assists per game.
Sacramento is 5-0 SU in their last five games played. The Kings are 10-13 in 23 road games played this season. San Antonio is 1-5 SU in their last six games played. The Spurs are 1-4 SU in their last five games played at home. Head to head, the Spurs are 15-5 SU in their last 20 games played against the Kings. San Antonio is also 13-2 SU in their last 15 home games against Sacramento.
The Kings imposed their high-paced style on the Spurs the last time out and San Antonio was wrong to let them dictate the tempo of the game. All five Sacramento starters scored in double digits and they combined to score 96 points in a balanced scoring effort.
San Antonio’s defense allowed Sacramento to make 56% of their shots including 50% of their 36 three-point attempts. The Kings had an 18-10 advantage in total three-pointers made and that’s what caused the blowout. Sacramento blasted San Antonio by 17 points as +2.5 underdogs.
I just don’t understand why the Kings are the underdogs here. Sacramento has the momentum and I don’t think the Spurs can make the right adjustments in such a short period of time. San Antonio is just 1-4 in this current homestand. It will be 1-5 after Wednesday.
Prediction: Sacramento Kings
The Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last five games played. Sacramento is 4-1 ATS in their last five games played on the road, 5-1 ATS in their last six games when playing on one-day rest, 5-1 ATS in their last six games after allowing 100+ points in their previous game, 4-1 ATS in their last five games as an underdog, 4-1 ATS in their last five Wednesday games, and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against an opponent with a losing home record.
The Spurs are 1-4 ATS in their last five games played. San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in their last five games played at home, 1-4 ATS in their last five Wednesday games, 0-4 in their last four games after allowing more than 100 points in their previous game, and 12-28 ATS in their last 40 games as home favorites. Head to head, the Kings are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games played. Sacramento is also 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in San Antonio.
The Kings are playing exceptionally well right now while the Spurs have been on a skid. Sacramento won easily when these teams played last Monday and it’s a surprise why the oddsmakers have put the Spurs as favorites here, especially since San Antonio is just 11-14 at home this season. With De’Aaron Fox scoring over 30 points per game while shooting 53% from the floor in his last 10 games played, and San Antonio’s defense allowing four points more than their season average in their last 10 assignments, I think Sacramento wins a second straight game against the Spurs.
Prediction: Kings +2
The over is 5-1 in Sacramento’s last six games against the Western Conference. The total has gone over in 13 out of their last 19 games played against the Southwest Division. The over is 7-3 in their last 10 games against an opponent with a winning straight-up record, and also 21-8 in their last 29 Wednesday games. The total has gone over in five out of the last seven games played by the Spurs. The over is 5-2 in their last seven March games, 4-1 in their last five games when playing on one-day rest, 5-2 in their last seven games after a double-digit loss, 10-4 in their last 14 games played against an opponent with a losing SU record, and 23-10-2 in their last 35 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game. Head to head, the total has gone over in 10 out of their last 14 games.
Sacramento is 7th in the league in scoring and has the league’s second-worst scoring defense. San Antonio is ranked 9th in scoring defense but it has conceded at least 120 points in three out of their last six games played. These teams combined to score 247 points on March 29th and I don’t see this game played differently. I like these teams to hit the over once again.
Prediction: Over 230.5
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