Check out our free Kings vs Wizards pick and preview for this NBA game in Washington. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Kings vs Wizards NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Sacramento Kings at Washington Wizards
- Where: Washington at Capital One Arena
- Date: Saturday, March 18th
- Betting Odds WAS +2.5, SAC -140 | WAS +118 O/U 236.0
The Kings come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 42-27. So far, the team has gone 38-30-1 against the spread. Over the team’s 2 game win streak, they have an average scoring differential of 4.0 points per game.
The Kings are coming off a 101-96 win over the Nets. This away win came despite entering the game as the 3 point underdogs. Sacramento benefited from holding a substantial first half lead, as the Nets actually outscored the Kings in the second half. In the win, Domantas Sabonis led the team in scoring with 24 points on a field goal percentage of 57.1%.
So far, the Wizards have put together an overall record of 32-38, while going 32-36-2 vs the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Wizards are averaging 101 points per game while allowing 108. This has led to a record of 1-2.
Not only did the Wizards drop their last game to the Cavaliers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 117-94 as 5 point underdogs. Washington struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip home at a 17 point halftime deficit. Leading the team in scoring was Bradley Beal, as he contributed 22 points while hitting 44.4% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Wizards picked up the win 125-111 win over the Kings. Heading into the game, Washington was the 8.5 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Kings averaged 121.0 points per game vs Washington, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Kings saw a boost in scoring, the Wizards averaged 107.5 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Sacramento. This figure was similar to season-long average. 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 1 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 233 points per game, leading a 1-4 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Sacramento offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 1st ranked offense at 120.9 points per game. So far, Sacramento is averaging 100.9 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. A key aspect of the team’s offensive success is their ability to pair an up-tempo style of play with efficient outside shooting. So far, they are the 10th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Defensively, Sacramento has had its problems giving up an average of 115.77 points per game (29th).
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 62 games, Fox is 18th in the NBA at 25.5 points per game. So far, him and Sabonis have accounted for 35% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 44.5 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Domantas Sabonis is grabbing 12.6 rebounds for Sacramento to go along with 7.1 assists.
The Wizards come into today’s game as the 23rd ranked scoring offense at 112.7 points per game. So far, the Wizards are averaging 98.0 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. If the Wizards offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 17th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Currently, the Wizards defense is ranked 16th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.0 points per game vs the unit.
Center Kristaps Porzingis currently leads the Wizards at 22.8 points per game. For the season, he is 45th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 18.0% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Porzingis is averaging 8.5 boards and 2.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 12th ranked defense at defending centers. Kyle Kuzma enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 63 games, he is averaging 21.0 and is 179th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Kings vs Wizards Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Wizards +2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 236.0