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- Kings Seeking Their 18th Win
- Cavs Seeking Home Victory
- Kings vs Cavs Pick
The Kings are in Cleveland to face the Cavs on Monday, for the first of two meetings between the clubs this week. Sacramento is entering action with a 17-25 record, while the Cavs come in at 16-26. Each team is in the same position in their respective conference, something that few folks, if any, could have seen coming.
The Kings are playing without Marvin Bagley III, which has become a constant trend in the past three years since he was drafted. Being taken ahead of Trae Young and Luka Doncic among others, has added tremendous pressure on him to perform. He hasn’t been horrible by any stretch, but he isn’t the compliment to De’Aaron Fox that they wish he could be.
Cleveland picked up a nice win over the Raptors on Sunday, and look for their second win in as many nights now. They had lost to the Spurs on Friday as their valiant comeback effort fell just short, so perhaps that is what helped propel them to start better against Toronto. They handed those Raptors their eighth loss in a row, avoiding falling into a trap.
- SPREAD: The Kings are a (-4) favorite in this one.
- OVER/UNDER: The over/under is set at 225 points.
- MONEYLINE: The Kings moneyline is a -165, and for the underdog Cavs, it’s +138.
Kings Seeking Their Eighteenth Win
In another year, the Kings being eight games under .500 at the halfway point would not be terrible. But now as De’Aaron Fox continues to develop and some young talent shines through, it’s a disappointment. Luke Walton is supposed to have them winning more by now, and the fact that they have not made the playoffs since 2006 cannot be overlooked. This is a franchise constantly making mistakes.
Fox has continued to show that he’s an elite-level talent, scoring from all over the floor. Buddy Hield doesn’t like Coach Walton too much, but he continues to be a scoring threat next to Fox. They have said trading Harrison Barnes probably won’t happen this year, even though the playoffs are probably not within reach. The front office needs to think their decisions through before public statements, sometimes.
If they want to win this one, they’ll need Richaun Holmes to outplay Jarrett Allen. They’ll also Need Fox to go blow-for-blow with Collin Sexton. He proved the last time he played that he could be clutch.
Cavs Seeking Home Victory
Cleveland has been pretty solid playing at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse this season. They’ll hope to continue that as they meet the Kings for the first of two meetings in six days. The teams will also play in Sacramento on Saturday night, meaning a late night for the Cavs fans on the east coast.
Sexton poured in 36 points in the victory against Toronto, scoring all over the place. It marked the second time since exploding for 42 against Brooklyn’s newly minted big 3 that he was able to top the 30-point threshold. He did it in a surprising loss to the Pacers right before the All-Star Break as well. He and Darius Garland are always going to be the Cavs biggest keys to victory.
Garland has proven to be an elite passer, averaging better than six assists per contest this year. Collin is scoring around 25 points per game, and has taken over as the team’s offensive alpha. Dean Wade also poured in 16 points in just 17 minutes off the bench in the Raptors win. He has shown the ability to a consistent contributor off the pine. Kevin Love or not, with Nance and Wade, they are set at power forward.
Kings vs Cavs Pick
- Spread: Cavs +4 is the way to go here. Cavs will keep things close.
- Over/under: Bet over 225, as both sides struggle with defensive consistency.
- Moneyline: Cavs +138 folks. Cleveland will win at home.
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