Check out our free Kings vs Rockets pick and preview for this NBA game in Houston. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Kings vs Rockets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Sacramento Kings at Houston Rockets
- Where: Houston at Toyota Center
- Date: Wednesday, February 8th
- Betting Odds HOU +8, SAC -337 | HOU +262 O/U 241.5
The Kings come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 30-23. So far, the team has gone 28-24-1 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Sacramento has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
In their previous game, the Kings took down the Rockets by a score of 140-120. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 7 point favorites. Sacramento played well enough in the second half to prevent the Rockets from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 17 going into halftime. In the win, Keegan Murray led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 64.7%.
So far, the Rockets have put together an overall record of 13-41, while going 20-32-2 vs the spread. Against the Kings, the Rockets are looking to break out of a 3 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -19.33 points per contest.
Not only did the Rockets drop their last game to the Kings. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 140-120 as 7 point underdogs. Houston struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip home at a 17 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Jalen Green led the team in scoring with 27 points on a field goal percentage of 47.6%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Kings averaged 120.25 points per game vs Houston, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Rockets also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 116.75 points per game vs Sacramento. The Kings have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-0-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 15 points per game. A combined average of 247 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 5-0.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, Sacramento is averaging 119.3 points per contest. This figure places them 1st in the league. So far, Sacramento is averaging 100.8 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 49.3%.
Against the Rockets, the Kings will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 29th in points allowed.
On offense, De’Aaron Fox leads the Kings in scoring at 24.1 points per game, placing him 24th in the NBA. Overall, Fox has hit 50.5% of his shots while accounting for 20.5% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 24th in points allowed to point-guards. At 18.6 points per game, Domantas Sabonis is the 2nd leading scorer for the Kings. For the season, he is 29th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 61.1%.
Through 54 games, the Rockets are averaging 110.1 points per contest, placing them 29th in the NBA. So far, the Rockets are averaging 99.1 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This slow style of play has made a difference in their overall scoring numbers, as Houston is just 27th in made field goals per game.
Against the Kings, the Rockets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 30th in points allowed.
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Rockets 2nd leading scorer, Kevin Porter Jr.. In his 40 games, Porter Jr. is averaging 19.2 points per game while dishing out 5.6 assists and grabbing 5.4 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Jalen Green, who leads the team and is 37th in the NBA at 21.6 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 41.1% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.1% of the team’s shots from the floor.
Kings vs Rockets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Rockets +8
- Free Total Prediction: Over 241.5