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Kings vs Knicks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Sacramento Kings at New York Knicks
- Where: New York at Madison Square Garden
- Date: Sunday, December 11th
- Betting Odds NY -2.5, SAC +116 | NY -141 O/U OFF
So far, the Kings have put together an overall record of 14-10, while going 15-8-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Sacramento has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.
Sacramento is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Cavaliers. With the 106-95 victory, they also covered the spread as 3 point underdogs. Sacramento and the Cavaliers entered the second half all tied at 49. Leading the team in scoring was Harrison Barnes, as he contributed 20 points while hitting 55.6% of his shots.
So far, the Knicks have put together an overall record of 13-13, while going 12-13-1 vs the spread. The Knicks entered today’s game having picked up 3 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 18.0 points per game.
The Knicks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Hornets by a score of 121-102. Heading into the game, they were 3 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Not only did the team win the game, but they also outscored the Hornets in every quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Julius Randle, as he contributed 33 points while hitting 42.9% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
The Knicks will look to carry over last year’s success vs Sacramento, as the won both games of the series. The average point total of these two meetings was 221.5, with New York winning by scores of 116-96 and 115-96. Similar to their season-long average, the Kings averaged 105.5 points per game vs the Knicks. On the other side, New York saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Kings, as they averaged 123.5 points per game in these matchups. The Knicks have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 9 points per game. In these contests, they averaged a combined 223 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-2-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Sacramento offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 2nd ranked offense at 118.8 points per game. So far, Sacramento is averaging 101.7 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Not only is the team playing at an up-tempo pace, but they have been able to pair this style with one of the better field goal percentages in the NBA at 49.4%.
Defensively, Sacramento has had its problems giving up an average of 115.77 points per game (29th).
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 30th in the NBA in usage rate and 34th in player efficiency. Behind him, Sabonis has taken 11.8% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 60.0%.
For the season, the Knicks offensive unit is ranked just 13th in scoring at 113.9 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Knicks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.0 made 3’s per game. If New York continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 14th in the league in possessions per game.
So far, the Knicks have played well defensively, as they are ranked 6th in the league at 106.6 points per contest.
On offense, Julius Randle leads the Knicks in scoring at 22.1 points per game, placing him 32nd in the NBA. Overall, Randle has hit 46.2% of his shots while accounting for 17.7% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 8th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 20.2 points per game, Jalen Brunson is the 2nd leading scorer for the Knicks. For the season, he is 54th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.3%.
Kings vs Knicks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Kings +2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF