Check out our free Kings vs Trail Blazers pick and preview for this NBA game in Portland. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Kings vs Trail Blazers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Sacramento Kings at Portland Trail Blazers
- Where: Portland at Moda Center
- Date: Friday, March 31st
- Betting Odds POR +14.5, SAC -1240 | POR +747 O/U 231.5
So far, the Kings have put together an overall record of 46-30, while going 41-34-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
In their previous game, the Kings took down the Trail Blazers by a score of 120-80. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 14 point favorites. Although Sacramento held just a 4 point lead at half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 40 point victory. In the win, Malik Monk led the team in scoring with 19 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
The Trail Blazers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 32-44. So far, the team has gone 36-40-0 against the spread. The Trail Blazers head into today’s action in the midst of a 4 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -27.0.
Portland is trying to bounce back from a 120-80 loss to the Kings. Going into this game, the team was 14 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Portland was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 4. Leading the team in scoring was Shaedon Sharpe, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 37.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Trail Blazers picked up the win 115-108 win over the Kings. Heading into the game, Portland was the 3.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. So far this season, the Kings have a record of 2-1 vs the Trail Blazers. Similar to their season-long average, the Kings averaged 112.33 points per game vs the Trail Blazers. On the other side, Portland saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Kings, as they averaged 115.0 points per game in these matchups. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 3-2 in favor of the Kings. In these matchups, Sacramento has averaged 114 points per game, while allowing 107. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 221 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, Sacramento is averaging 121.0 points per contest. This figure places them 1st in the league. So far, Sacramento is averaging 100.7 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Sacramento has been effective on offense due to the fact that they not only play an up-tempo style, but they have one of the best effective field goal percentages in the league at 57.4%.
Currently, the Kings defense is ranked 29th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.77 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Kings offense has primarily worked through De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 68 games, Fox is 19th in the NBA at 25.2 points per game. So far, him and Sabonis have accounted for 34% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 44.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Domantas Sabonis is grabbing 12.4 rebounds for Sacramento to go along with 7.2 assists.
For the season, the Trail Blazers offensive unit is ranked just 19th in scoring at 113.4 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.7 per contest. Even though the Trail Blazers are one of the more efficient 3-point shooting teams in the NBA at 36.5%, their slower-style of play may be holding back the team’s offense from fully taking off.
Currently, the Trail Blazers defense is ranked 27th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.11 points per game vs the unit.
Keep in mind that the top two scorers for the Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons, will not be playing in today’s game. This season, Lillard has been averaging 32.2 points per game, and Simons has been averaging 21.1 points per game.
Kings vs Trail Blazers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Trail Blazers +14.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 231.5