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Kings vs Cavaliers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Sacramento Kings at Cleveland Cavaliers
- Where: Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
- Date: Friday, December 9th
- Betting Odds CLE -6, SAC +196 | CLE -240 O/U 225.5
The Kings come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 13-10. So far, the team has gone 14-8-1 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
Not only did the Kings drop their last game to the Bucks. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 126-113 as 6 point underdogs. Sacramento was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Bucks by 13 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Domantas Sabonis, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 81.8% of his shots.
So far, the Cavaliers have put together an overall record of 16-9, while going 15-9-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Cleveland is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
The Cavaliers will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Lakers by a score of 116-102. Heading into the game, they were 6 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Cleveland went on to win the game, as they led by 8 heading into halftime. In the win, Donovan Mitchell led the team in scoring with 43 points on a field goal percentage of 63.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Kings averaged 105.5 points per game vs the Cavaliers. Similar to the Kings, the Cavaliers scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Sacramento, the team averaged 113.0 points per game. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Kings hold the edge at 3-2. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just 2 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 220 points per game, leading a 1-3-1 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Sacramento offense is the 2nd ranked unit in the NBA, at 119.3 points per contest. The Kings come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.5 made 3’s per game. One area that the Sacramento offense will continue to rely on is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are the 5th ranked unit in made free-throw per game.
Currently, the Kings defense is ranked 29th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.77 points per game vs the unit.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of De’Aaron Fox, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Fox leads the team in scoring at 22.8 points per game while Sabonis is 2nd at 17.0. For the season, Fox is 32nd in the NBA in usage rate and 34th in player efficiency. Behind him, Sabonis has taken 11.6% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 60.9%.
This season, the Cleveland offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 111.5 points per game. So far, the Cavaliers are averaging 97.1 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Although the team tends to play at a more deliberate pace, they are currently one of the more efficient shooting teams, connecting on field goal attempts at a rate of 47.7%.
So far, the Cavaliers have played well defensively, as they are ranked 5th in the league at 105.67 points per contest.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Donovan Mitchell, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Mitchell leads the team in scoring at 29.0 points per game while Garland is 2nd at 22.2. For the season, Mitchell is 17th in the NBA in usage rate and 27th in player efficiency. Behind him, Garland has taken 20.3% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 43.5%.
Kings vs Cavaliers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Cavaliers -6
- Free Total Prediction: Under 225.5